Are The Themes Of Manipulation And Social Standards In The Shape Of Things

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These symbols, together with the aforementioned themes of manipulation, superficiality and social conformity promote an active reading of The Shape of Things as a modernist parable for an age in which style appears to be of higher worth than substance, and in which individual agency may be sacrificed in order to keep a romantic relationship stable. While it is of course possible to consider the movie as little more than a simple story about a man who changes himself for a woman he loves, we are implored by the director Neil LaBute to think critically about what these changes may represent and the role of manipulation and societal standards in their undertaking. As the character of Evelyn attests, The Shape Of Things reminds us of the length
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