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The Underwoods as Liberal in "House of Cards"

They scrap. They fight. They backstab. They even kill. They also are supposedly liberal, proving woefully inept at actually carrying across consistent legislation but crafty and deadly in the underworkings of the American political sphere. How are the Underwoods exactly liberal?

  • I definitely think this is an interesting topic, as I have wondered about this myself watching the show. Frank is a "Liberal" from South Carolina no less. I think it might be interesting to examine the various policies he pushes, and to what end: power or belief? – MichelleAjodah 5 years ago
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  • That's opening a can of worms for sure. Another interesting topic ,and one that this topic will eventually lead to, could be the similarities between American policy in the 21st century and Underwood's policies in House of Cards. You might have to embrace the very real conclusion that the terms 'liberal' and 'conservative' might just be name tags politicians stick on before just doing whatever they want. – EarlGreyTRex 4 years ago
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  • They are the Clintons: whatever it takes to win, do it. Hillary supports private prisons - no conflict of interest affecting justice there - and other conservative mistakes. Also, anyone else notice how there's no intimacy between the two, but after they've screwed the world, they share a cigarette? Seems more fitting of a captain of industry than a liberal representative. – Tigey 4 years ago
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  • Frank and Claire seem to be on the more progressive side of political topics like foreign and domestic policy, they are also part of the democratic party. – luminousgloom 4 years ago
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House of Cards and American Politics

Demonstrate some of the eerie similarities of the Netflix show House of Cards to some of the same elements that are going on currently in the American political arena. Research how the creators of House of Cards obtain their material, and who will prevail as the first female president Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Claire?

  • I think it would be good to dissect the political processes represented in the drama to see whether such a malicious pair could get into office in real life. Also how do British and American versions misrepresent parliamentary procedure in order to create good drama? – Benedict Hadley 5 years ago
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  • If there is a similarity of House of Cards to American politics in the real word, the obvious avenue of investigation would be, 'What is the source material?' – JDJankowski 5 years ago
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Polyamory in House of Cards

Discuss the polyamorous marriage depicted between the two lead characters, Frank and Claire Underwood, in Netflix’s House of Cards. Is the relationship depicted accurate or contrived? What does this depiction do for the characters on the show? How does the depiction of polyamory on television change society’s perception of these relationships?

  • In my opinion, the Underwoods' relationship is not polyamorous, because their extraneous lovers are not made fully aware of the situation. Instead, I would say that they have an "open" relationship, and that their extramarital affairs are just a means to an end. – Kristian Wilson 5 years ago
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