The movie Being John Malkovich, revolves around the dysfunctional life of an unhappy married couple and the absurd changes that take place in their lives, upon the discovery of a portal leading into John Malkovich’s subconscious mind. It follows an unemployed puppeteer, Craig Schwartz, on his quest to gain the recognition he desires. Craig Schwartz acquires a job as a file clerk for Lester Corp, located on the 7-1/2th floor. It is there that he discovers a secret door with a portal behind a
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The second scene of the movie is important as it gives the viewer an idea of Schwartz’s personal life and an explanation to how he became unemployed. Schwartz is woken up by his wife, who urges him to search for jobs “until this puppet thing works around”. To which he responds “Derek Mantini doesn’t need a day job”. Ironically, while watching the television with his pet chimpanzee Elijah, a news report covering Derek Mantini’s latest performance comes on. Schwartz shakes his head in disgust, and looks towards the chimpanzee, and says: “You don’t know how lucky you are being a monkey, because consciousness is a terrible curse. I think, I feel, I suffer, and all I ask in return is the opportunity to do my work, and they won’t allow it because I raise issues.” It appears that doing the right thing, or what he considered right, resulted in Craig being ostracized from his community; making him question his own humanity. All Craig wanted was for the world to understand him and appreciate his passion. He felt trapped in his own skin, as a result of not getting the recognition he believed he deserved. His feelings of inadequacy disappear as he used his puppets to emulate his thoughts and emotions. He described it as a way of being able to experience life in another's shoes.
How far are we willing to go to achieve happiness? The movie addresses this by challenging the