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  • American Beauty - 1,640 words
    American Beauty The Color Red The beauty that addresses itself to the eyes is only the spell of the moment; the eye of the body is not always that of the soul. George Sand hit the nail right on the head when he said this in 1872. Appearance versus reality has been a central theme in many American creative works including the film American Beauty. American Beauty is a film that delves into your typical, middle-class suburban American home and slowly uncovers all of the abnormalities that lie within. The family is portrayed as normal but as the films tag line suggests look closer then it is possible to fully understand the implications that takes place in this seemingly happy home. The film is ...
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  • American Beauty - 343 words
    American Beauty American Beauty ... Look Closer My first reaction after seeing Sam Mendes' feature film directorial debut, American Beauty, is that it disturbed me. I walked out of the theater in a virtually bewildered state of mind. This is the kind of movie that makes you wonder about what really is beautiful, and where can you find this beauty. Is it something that is in the happenings of an ordinary day or in the special people that we choose to share our lives with? American Beauty opens with Lester Burnham's (Kevin Spacey) declaration that, "I'm 42 years old. In less than a year I'll be dead. Of course I don't know that yet. In a way I'm dead already." In this simple manner the film es ...
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  • American Beauty - 1,481 words
    American Beauty American Beauty tells the story of one man's search for happiness. The film introduces the audience to Lester Burnham, an ordinary- looking married man and father in his forties. Lester is in a loveless marriage. Lester's wife, Carolyn, is so wrapped-up in her real estate career that Lester often claims that Carolyn doesn't even acknowledge him. Furthermore, Lester's daughter, Jane, is completely distant, often claiming how pathetic she thinks her father is. Moreover, Lester has dedicated fourteen years to his occupation, and suddenly, he is in danger of losing his job due to downsizing. All of these factors dramatically effect Lester and culminate into feelings of desperatio ...
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  • American Beauty - 1,569 words
    ... Angela's moves and Lester's thoughts in this scene. The scene begins with Jane, Angela, and the other cheerleaders dancing to a wordless version of On Broadway. This is parallel diegetic sound because it relates to what can be seen on screen. The usage of this song is important to the theme of this movie. Lester is about to embark on a mission to be free. Lester is going to pursue happiness. In the same way, On Broadway is about pursuing a new experience. On Broadway speaks about coming to New York and being taken aback by all the lights and attractiveness of the city. In the same manner, Lester is about to be taken aback by an American beauty, Angela. Further in the scene, through shot ...
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  • American Beauty - 1,034 words
    American Beauty Its Just a Couch!!!!!! Americans are caught up in the belief that what we are is what we own. There is a superficial nature to our society. We are nothing more than peacocks walking around strutting our feathers marked with price tags and brand names. The suburbs are a nesting ground for all of this fictitiousness. When Lester Byrnham introduces himself to his audience, he finds himself amidst the cradle of this fakeness. The movie American Beauty starts by accompanying Lester Byrnham through one day of his boring and mundane life. Lester is trapped amongst fake and superficial people. He sees the trouble with his family, and yet he avoids it because he does not believe in di ...
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  • American Beauty - 1,044 words
    ... oblems, so he denied his own sons existence. When Ricky returns from his hiatus from society, he realizes that to live freely he must create a faade too and use it against his father. Ricky creates a fake reality for his father. The jobs that Ricky supposedly holds he uses to pull in front of his fathers eyes. Ricky Fitts uses his fathers weakness against his own father. With his father tricked into believing that he is disciplined and structured, Ricky can do what ever he wants. Ricky defies the rigid dictating of his father by subversively using an illusion for his own ends. Ricky uses these ends to live his life however he pleases. Ricky accepts everything for what it is; he does not ...
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  • American Beauty Vs The Sound And The Fury - 460 words
    American Beauty Vs. The Sound And The Fury American Beauty vs. The Sound and the Fury In today's world, lots of families look like they are happy on the outside, but in reality, on the inside, they are very far from being happy. This occurrence of false impression is not only going on in today's world, but it has been going on for years in the American society and in many other societies. Many families believe that you need to portray an image to the outside world that you are very successful, and deal with your personal problems in the inside of your home. In the novel, The Sound and the Fury this family perfectly portrays an image of happiness, when on the inside, their house is falling ap ...
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  • Bulimia Nervosa - 1,974 words
    ... Bulimia Nervosa has begun to be recognized in the last 30 years as a serious psychological disorder, primarily affecting women. The essential features are binge eating, which may or may not co-occur with inappropriate means of weight gain prevention. Bulimia, as well as eating disorders in general are the result of biological psychological and psychosocial factors. Urges to overeat, gorge or purge may arise as a backlash to dieting or fasting, but often as a dead-end coping mechanism for many individuals whose lives encompass stress, loneliness or inadequacy (Arenson, 1989). Bulimia appears to affect predominately women at any age from the teens into middle age. White, middle-class adole ...
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  • Film Studies - 1,239 words
    Film Studies Within the Introduction to film Studies classes we are able to explore the visions interpreted as we view a movie. One such movie in which I have analyzed is American Beauty, written by Alan Ball, and directed by Sam Mendes. American Beauty is a movie that leaves a lot left to explore. The content of this paper is not to find the meaning but rather take a journey with an unorthodoxed lead actors role throughout a wonderful movie. Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey), is a middle-aged man whose life is already destined. Through his eyes, we see the trivial motions in which he travels. His mundane lifestyle leads us to believe that there is little hope or yet realization that this man ca ...
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  • Social Darwinism History - 1,235 words
    ... ts. It was also an era of extreme riches for some, and of wretched poverty for others. It was an era of the Robber Barons, as Matthew Josephson called them. One of such Robber Barons was John D. Rockefeller. With his savings of $5,000, at a very young age John D. Rockefeller opened his first oil refinery. At that time oil was used only for lighting and not many expected much more of it. Rockefeller, however, guessed that oil would in a few years become one of the most profitable industries. He was correct -- within only a few years, oil was being used for heating, lubrication, fuel for ships and automobiles, etc,. His dream was to control the whole oil industry in America. At age of 30 h ...
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