Moonrise Kingdom Character Analysis

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In the drama-pact film, Moonrise Kingdom, director Wes Anderson emphasizes the coming-of-age through his quirky characters and comedic dialect. The film is formed into a dreamlike fable, creating a sense of order and symmetry, as symmetry is marveled throughout the film, not only with the use of mise-en-scene but with character depiction. Anderson defines the identities of the two stroppy, rebellious characters, Suzy Bishop and Sam, by fabricating adult-like humor and scenes dramatized by 12 year olds. Suzy and Sam’s insurgence is out of the norm for children; two pen pals walking away from their caretakers and falsifying a life of their own. Unlikely scenarios are captured through each frame, but within each catastrophic event in the midst is a moral;…show more content…
They both have dissimilar reasons for their depression, but have a single way of coping with it. Suzy’s depression is ignited by the fact her stern, cheat of a mother is having an affair with Mr. Fox—who has no acknowledgement of what could happen to others involved. Her mom’s uncaring tone used when hollering through the megaphone when it was time to eat and the book Suzy found, “The Very Troubled Child,” are clues to why she is uninterested in her mother; on top of it all, her father’s distance is what makes Suzy feel unwanted and isolated. Sam on the other hand is desolate, orphaned, and restrained. His parents are deceased and he travels from one home to another with only the pride of being a khaki scout, but not even that is enough to make him happy. Through their pen-pal letters, they both come to realization that there’s someone that understands what feeling trapped and unwanted is like, and by this the bond they have together creates a love for one another. Overall, a sense of optimistic hope is created by their dejected
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