We should all be a little more like Francis Underwood

Recently, I have begun watching the Netflix original series House of Cards, a show that delves inside the lives of the most powerful men in the US.

My first impression was rather negative for the show; I admit it looked like a boring political drama, however, with my growing admiration of Mr. Spacey I thought I’d give it a try. I was definitely surprised by how intriguing and undeniably addictive it was to watch how one man will do anything to get what he wants. Francis Underwood is a complex character. I’m only a few episodes into the first series and it is evident that, even though we are given his perspective on the politics through his speech to the audience, we are still left guessing what his next moves are. We are falsely led to believe that we know what Frank has planned to do next, but we don’t. By the end of each episode the audience is still dazed by the precise, almost perfect, actions that have placed Frank in a better situation than ever.


By watching this series it makes me think. This character is ruthless, disliked by many, but most importantly he gets what he wants. He has the capability to outwit and manipulate almost anyone he likes, including the president, now that’s impressive. Frank Underwood leaves me evaluating my own ability to get what I want. Of course I don’t want to manipulate people or have people hate me, but I wish I could have the same level of confidence that this man does.

Alexander Jones


Author: alexwelsh95

Magazine journalism trainee. Journalism, media and cultural studies graduate, Cardiff University.

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