The Social Network is based on a true
story about a website known as Facebook. People use Facebook as part of their
daily routine, it’s utilized worldwide. However, many people don’t know what
Mark Zuckerberg went through to create this famous website. The Social Network
is a film on how the website was created. Every important character in this scene
has power or is looking to gain power, and trying to keep their power. Power is
one of the biggest themes to this movie, and each character uses power in their
own way.

            One
important scene that has a lot of power in it, is when Erica broke up with
Zuckerberg. She uses her emotional power to break up with him. Erica told Mark,
“You’re going to go through life thinking that girls don’t like you because you’re
a nerd. But I want you to know from the bottom of my heart that, that won’t be
true, it’ll be because you’re an asshole.” When Erica said that she truly meant
it, she had been dealing with so much with Mark being really rude to her, so
she finally decided to break up with him. She truly thinks that Mark is an
asshole, not because he’s smart, or because he thinks that he’s the best but
because he doesn’t know how to talk to people, he’s trying to be cool. She
wanted to get rid of something in her life that was toxic. Erica breaking up
with Mark made Mark use his power to create something called Facemash.

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The scene right
after the breakup is when Mark used his power and created a website called
Facemash. Facemash was a website where people, mostly guys, could virtually rank
girls side by side. In this scene he also went to blog about Erica and in the
blog he called her names, and disrespected her. Not only was she already hurt,
because of the break-up but Mark proved to her that he’s a complete asshole. When
Mark created Facemash, he used his intellectual power to cope with the breakup.
Part of his coping method he went off and blogged about Erica in a horrible way
that made all the girls who’ve read it hate him. Facemash being invented made
Harvard’s network crash. It was in that moment when Mark realized he had the
power to do everything. This scene is when Mark and Eduardo noticed they were
slowly, but surely gaining power. Not long after this scene was the beginning of
their lives changing.

After crashing
Harvards network, Mark was brought in front of an Administrative Hearing. They
were charging him with three different charges, but he believed he did
something for them. Mark said “I believe I deserve some recognition from this
board”. I think he said that because he now knows that he has the power to
crash the network and if he wanted to hack the network. Zuckerberg telling the board
that, made him feel as if he was the top notch and they were nothing. When he
said that everyone was in disbelief and not long after that is when the Winklevoss
twins approached him.

The Winklevoss
twins and Divya had learned that Zuckerberg had created a website and asked him
to help with their website, again making Mark feel powerful. Shortly after that
Mark came up with the plan to create “The Facebook”. When it finally launched the
Winklevoss twins went insane, because they believed that he stole their idea.
Divya, the twins friend said to Mark “I cannot wait to stand over your
shoulders and watch you write us our check.”  In that very moment all three of them felt
like they were invincible. In this scene all of the guys including Mark felt
like they had power or were going to gain power very soon.

            There’s
another very powerful scene in this film that I want to write about, and that’s
on Sean Parker. Right when Parker made his first appearance in the movie they
made it very clear to its’ viewers that he was a very powerful, and intelligent
man. Sean told Amy “I founded Napster.” Amy said “Sean Parker founded Napster”.
As if Sean is this very popular wealthy man. Parker made it clear that he in
fact did found Napster and he wanted to find Zuckerberg. When he got in touch
with Mark they went to a meeting and he was 25 minutes late, again making
himself seem like he can do whatever he wants. Throughout this scene he went
on, and on about his life, how we created Napster, making himself seem even
more invincible.  At the end of this
scene Sean left Mark thinking that he was the most powerful man he had ever
met. I believe that Zuckerberg really wanted to be just like Parker.

            The
Social Network I believe was about power. Again, everyone in the movie thought
they were invincible, or wanted to be invincible. Mark and Eduardo not only
created Facebook but they became billionaires. Erica used her emotional power
to break up with the guy who was being a complete jerk to her, the twins and
Divya sued Mark and won a lot of money. Sean always had power and he helped
Zuckerberg keep his power. 

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