The award-winning film, American Beauty (1999), follows around a plethora of characters that predominantly struggle with their individual identity crisis ' throughout the film. The director, Sam Mendes, is able to create a film that constantly tries to subvert the notion of the American Dream and Family with an overwhelmingly witty and poignant dialogue that emerges through this group of characters. Mendes uses Lester, played by Kevin Spacey, as the poster boy of this uncomfortable transformation that disguises itself as a "midlife crisis". Through the use of various cinematic techniques Mendes is able to accentuate the inner feelings of each of these characters and what they are experiencing whilst going through this identity crisis. With
Right when he bent over a guard came over to him and shot him in the back with a Taser. 19 The guards went over to Lucifer, one guard bent over and took his pulse and found out that Lucifer was still alive. The guards picked him up and carried him over to the police car where he was handcuffed and put in the back seat. Lucifer was driven to the local hospital and was treated for his injuries. The people at the hospital concluded that he needed to have his left arm amputated because of the blood loss.
American Hustle: The True Story David O’ Russell’s 2013 crime film, American Hustle was based on a historical event that took place in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The main cast includes: a intelligent con man, Irving Rosenfeld, who is played by Christian Bale. Alongside Rosenfeld is his sly and seductive partner, Sydney Prosser, played by Amy Adams. Rosenfeld and Prosser are forced to work with an FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who is played by Bradley Cooper. Under DiMaso’s command, Rosenfeld and Prosser enter into a new world of mafias and power brokers.
Ballard exhibits a childlike mind that is able to be influenced by others. The life of Lester is a tragic story of a man shunned by society and turned into a primal beast. Lester is very easily influenced due to his immaturity and childlike innocence. While hard to believe that a ruthless killer could have any connection to childhood, there are multiple supporting instances such as his possession of stuffed animals. After proving himself a marksman Lester wins a couple of stuffed animals that take first priority over his more deviant adult side.
There is two conflicts in Angela’s Ashes, first, poverty because of the ongoing struggle in Frank’s childhood, and second, religion because of the discrimination between the Protestants and Catholics that went on for years and affected his life. The first main conflict in Angela’s Ashes is poverty. An example of
First, after Sir Henry leaves the Stapleton’s house, he is chased by the hound and before the hound can get to him, Holmes shoots the creature. Sir Henry tells Holmes “You saved my life” (221) because he escaped unscaved from this incident. In David Attwood’s depiction of the story, however, Sir Henry is attacked by the hound while running from it and Holmes is reluctant to shoot it (Attwood). This is different because Sir Henry is bloodied and hurt by this incident. Second, Stapleton escapes his house into the fog on the moor, to escape punishment (Doyle, 219).
The antagonist, Angela, suffers from this. In the beginning, Angela cares for Bridget and takes her under her wing (2). About Angela and her German boyfriend, Ohlin writes, “They liked to make a fuss over people and put on elaborate dinner parties, and then they’d get drunk and spend the night bickering. It was tedious, and yet you had to indulge them, because you could see how much they enjoyed it, this performance of adulthood” (2). By this, Ohlin shows how Angela, initially, is aware of how she portrays herself to others; she puts on an act and pretends to be an adult.
One of his weakness are lying. He lies to everyone, and will do anything to come out like the winner. He lied to his friend, by telling him his wife is possessed by the ghost of her grandmother Carlotta Valdes. He tells him that she sometimes pretends to act like Carlotta, but doesn't remember anything that happened. Another flaw of Elster is he doesn't have any remorse ruining someone's life.
Another theme illustrated was gaining power and asserting status, which was shown through Angela’s wardrobe and the scene of her getting ready to have dinner with Phillip Price. Her immaculate wardrobe shows the contrast between her new position in E-Corp compared to her previous at All Safe. Just before her dinner with Price, Angela looks at herself in the mirror and repeats positive affirmations, reflecting a very different Angela who is assertive and confident. She realizes that her new job at E-Corp is her form of power and status, where people respect and value her. The music and her change in facial expression after realizing that her intimate dinner with Price is actually a business meeting indicate that Angela misinterpreted the dinner and cannot do as she planned.