The movie, showing the struggles involved in surviving in a modern industrialized world, presents a negative take in the direction society and businesses are taking with their focus on profit. Set at the time of the Great Depression, the movie highlights desperate and poor employment conditions that many of us often have to contend with especially in trying times, and the restlessness that sets forth amongst workers. The character is not settled at work and will not do so until he finds something that truly fulfils him. Most employees are subject to indignities such as work overload and the movie demonstrates this by delving a bit into the computer/ machine VS man wars at the workplace, with a scene showing the main character screwing nuts at an ever increasing rate as dictated by the machines. The effects of such practices like nervous breakdowns, hopelessness and insanity on employees are also seen as the character finally runs mad. This endless work that has become more of a societal norm dehumanizes people and reduces them to little more than cogs in a machine.