Critical Summary: Monster's Ball Essay

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Critical Summary: Monster’s Ball

Hollywood movie, Monster’s Ball, condemns females into the darkest pit of degradation. It cleverly takes on a noble disguise where it attempts to teach viewers about morality and life lessons; however, it dismisses the issue of equality between gender differences that is yet to be questioned in our society’s popular culture. On the glorifying surface, Monster’s Ball tells a moving tale of a white, racist man, Hank, who eventually learns to discard his hatred and prejudice for Black people as he finds himself falling in love with a Black woman, Leticia. The story revolves around the persistence to overcome the obstacles facing racism while unfolding and discovering redemption through hope and the ability
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the desire to find that which we lack [in order to find] our selves whole again” (Lacan, 1989). In the story, because Leticia’s husband is not there to give her love and pleasure, she finds it elsewhere, thus she makes love with Hank. The absence of Hank then will hold Leticia back from being able to fulfill this need; thus refers to the idea that a woman is not able to be complete without a man.

Lacan states that the notion of lack is tied to one’s existence in nature, where one longs for the once inseparable time from the mother’s body. This union with the mother provides an important and symbolic tie and closeness of oneself to the mother. The search to fulfill this ‘lack’ leads to Freudian’s ideology of the Oedipus complex, which states that because ‘the child must now resign itself to the fact that it can never have any direct access to... the prohibited body of the mother... [the child must] move among substitutes for substitutes, metaphors for metaphors, never able to recover the pure self-identity and self-completion” (Lacan, 1989), thus causes us to be forever drifting for the search to fulfill this desire of motherly care. In Monster’s Ball, Hank searches for this lost maternal care through Leticia. Because Hank’s mother dies when he was at a very young age, he lacks the motherly care, and thus is not able to rediscover his self identity. With the existence of Leticia, Hank is able to transfer his lack of care
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