The Story Of Elisabeth Fritzl And Room By Lenny Abrahamson

1264 WordsMay 11, 20176 Pages
Remember those times when your parents said to never talk to strangers? And because you were a good daughter or son, you obeyed what they said. However, what happens when you’re older and talk to strangers that are adults, expecting them to be mature and filled with righteous behavior, and figure out that you were wrong and now find yourself abducted from everything that you ever knew. Some people experience this trauma and never make it out to tell their tale, while others’ do, the story of Elisabeth Fritzl and Room are great examples of the latter. While Room, both the movie directed by Lenny Abrahamson, and the novel, both focus on a five-year old’s perspective as he discovers the real world, it also focuses on forced captivity,…show more content…
we clear our throats and climb up on Table to be nearer Skylight…” (Donoghue), Jack doesn’t realize that they’re actually screaming for help because to him, he’s not confined at all. The next themes are exploration and dramatic irony. According to Merriam-Webster, dramatic irony is incongruity between a situation developed in a drama and the accompanying words or actions that is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play. Dramatic irony and exploration go hand in hand because as the audience, we already know what the world looks like and how it works, so when Jack first experiences things that he has only seen on TV, it’s not shocking for the spectators to notice things such as buildings or other people. In the novel and film, when Jack and Joy finally gain their well-deserved freedom, Jack is awestruck and learns that everything he has seen on the television has now become reality. He states, “when I was small, I only knew small things, but now I’m five and I know everything”. (Abrahamson) This quote explains his reaction to the outside world and the maturity that he feels even though he is still a young child. As he discovers the world, he is steadily maturing and understanding how the universe works. His situation is different from most five years old, as he now has the knowledge and survival skills that most young children doesn’t possess, which leads into the next theme: parenting styles. In the

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