Essay Analysis Of The Movie ' Ordinary People '

1354 Words Nov 30th, 2016 6 Pages
What makes death and dying so incredibly unnerving? Just as humans are born, they are guaranteed to die. Miraculously, this guarantee of dying one day has the ability to completely transform the person dying and the survivors—the people who knew the dying or the deceased. Open conversations about death and dying can make people very uncomfortable. Why is that? Did they lose a loved one recently? Did they have a “close call” or a near death experience? Do they fear their own undeniable death? Or is it a subject that they were raised not to speak about? These questions may predict the expectations of one’s reaction when the dreadful subject of death is a topic of discussion. One revolutionary principle that I learned from watching the 1980’s film Ordinary People, directed by Robert Redford, was that people want control. It is true that death is often something we cannot control, and our emotions surrounding a death are equally hard to manage. As the film progresses, the subject of control and the stages of grief are placed in the limelight. This film gave a different meaning to death and grief. With consideration that this film is over thirty years old, I also pondered how this film might have portrayed society and death differently than in current times. To illustrate the film’s beginning, a cool breeze sweeps yellow leaves across a wealthy neighborhood in Illinois. Conrad Jarrett is the main character. He is young, athletic, and noticeably unsettled…

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