American Beauty Character Analysis Essay

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American Beauty Character Analysis Everyone knows the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. But is this necessarily always true? Apparently not to Kevin Spacey as he played the role of Lester Burnham in the 1999 film American Beauty. His rule was "When you've got nothing to lose, you might as well risk everything". Lester Burnham and his wife, Carolyn, portray a perfect lifestyle to the naked eye. Everyone sees Lester as a man with a perfect high-paying job and a perfect family that lives in a perfect neighborhood. But things are most certainly not what they appear. Lester hates his life. He is hated by his wife, Carolyn, and only daughter, Jane. Lester views himself as a failure to life. He has nothing that…show more content…
But as the saying goes ‘all good things must come to an end', sure enough Lester's happiness came to a tragic end, along with his life. Lester was murdered by the homophobic father of Jane's new boyfriend, all due to an unfortunate misunderstanding. Lester Burnham lived an empty, meaningless life while those around him seemed to be happy. It was almost as if Lester's family thrived on his humiliation. Depression is no way for any man to live. Giving no options outside of depression, Lester fought back. And for a short time he was happy, until his success was too much for the others to take, so his life was taken. What can be learned from this? How was his small, pathetic life something to look at and learn from? Lester was not satisfied with his life and he did something about it. By being independent and not caring about what other people thought, he taught Jane an important lesson in life: to be content with one's self. And by being assertive and non-materialistic, he taught his wife that money can't by happiness. I believe if Lester would have died in his state of depression it would just be another man lost. But because Lester motivated himself not to settle for what life gave him, he impacted not only his life but the life of others around him. Lester made himself happy. He made himself become a learning tool of life to others. All because of a one small thought: "When you've got nothing to lose, you might as
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