American Beauty Essay

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American Beauty There continues to be an everyday struggle for us American’s to find out true identities. There are so many people in our society who feel the necessity to be someone they are not, in order to fit in. Only if they had a mirror; then they could look and see the fear and insecurity in their eyes. There are some situations where putting on a act twenty-four hours a day is a bit too much. For many, the suburban life is the America dream. For others, however, it can turn into a twisted nightmare of unfulfilled desires. American Beauty, nonetheless, is a movie that gives the viewers backstage passes to see how the most perfect family, living in the flawless suburbs can really turn out to be. It’s our typical family with both …show more content…
While getting introduced to him Lester was in a way forced by Carolyn to be somebody he wasn’t. It is very rare to see the man of the family getting dominated, only because it is he who provides the money for the family. However, in the family we are dealing with, both the husband and wife have full time jobs to support their child along with their habits. His daughter Jane thinks of him as a man who is boring and has no personality. Maybe it’s because Lester doesn‘t know how to show his emotions he has hidden away. Lester doesn’t exactly know why or even what his role is in his family, but he still lives his everyday life to please his wife and provide money for his daughter.

During the real-estate party Lester meets the boy living in the house next door. It’s then where Rick takes a break from his work, and Lester takes a break from his “act” to go out back in the alley. They quietly smoked a joint and shared what they had in common. After observing Rick’s ways of dealing with his boss. Lester than started to look at things a bit more differently. He started having a desire to do things the way he wanted them to be done. After that night Lester started to take things more seriously and started to live a less stressful life. We started to see him trying to be himself for a change, and not some actor putting on a show. Unfortunately Lester is murdered by Rick’s father during the last scene’s of the movie. Some people say Lester found his

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