It Can't Happen Here Symbols & Objects

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Fort Beulah

Fort Beulah symbolizes the average American town, and its narrative function is to demonstrate how a fascist dictatorship would affect an average town on a local level. On one hand, the traditional liberals like Dormeus Jessup oppose the dictatorship and work secretly to undermine it. On the other hand, local residents like Emil Staubmeyer and Francis Staubmeyer support the dictatorship, at least insofar as they can use it to increase their own power. The struggle between these two sides represents the local struggles that the dictatorship causes throughout America.

Corpoism

Corpoism symbolizes the intersection of fascism and American culture. After Windrip comes to power, his followers call themselves Corporatists and call their doctrine Corpoism. Corpoism is presented as a dictatorial rule over America in which the dictator controls the country’s entire population through corporate control and military force. In other words, Windrip uses gives...

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