Film Analysis of “The Graduate”
The 1967 film by Mike Nicoles “The Graduate” is about Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate, who is at a crossroads in his life. He is caught between adolescence and adulthood searching for the meaning of his upper middle class suburban world of his parents. He then began a sexual relationship with the wife of his father’s business partner, Mrs. Robinson. Uncomfortable with his sexuality, Benjamin and Mrs. Robinson continue an affair during which she asked him to stay away from her daughter, Elaine. Things became complicated when Benjamin was pushed to go out with Elaine and he falls in love with her. Mrs. Robinson sabotaged the relationship and eventually the affair between Mrs. Robinson and
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Benjamin’s shallow character was illustrated when he takes Elaine out on a “date from hell”. He took her to a stripe club and was extremely rude to her to make Elaine uncomfortable hoping she would hate him. Instead if he did not want to date Elaine, he can just simply refuse his parent’s request to take her out. Clearly, Benjamin does not have the courage to disobey his parent’s demands and therefor allowing them to make decisions for him. His lack of confident is reflected from his alienation from society. He would rather spend all day floating in his parent’s pool than follows the adult’s advice about the future. He is unwilling to come to terms with where he is in life. He became sort of emotionless indicating a certain sense of confusion and disorder. In the scuba diving scene, Benjamin jumped into the pool. While trying to get above water, he was continually pushed back in by his father. He finally allowed him to sink down to the bottom as if he had surrendered to the fantasy world. As the image above water becomes faint, he is creating distance between himself and reality. He just sees the he is going deeper and deeper into something that he does not want to do.
As a young recent college graduate, Benjamin’s impression of the adulthood and the thought of how to maneuver the real world are frightening. He is in fact worried about the future and