What's Eating Gilbert Grape Character Becky Analysis

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In the film What’s eating Gilbert Grape by Lasse Hallstrom, Johnny Depp plays the main character Gilbert Grape who lives in a lifeless remote town called Endora, with his morbidly obese mother and mentally handicapped brother Arnie. As a result of his family issues, Gilbert is left to take full responsibility of Arnie while working full time to support his family. One character I admired in this film is the character Becky who is Gilbert’s love interest. She is the catalyst for Gilbert as she is the one who opens Gilbert’s eyes to the world around him and influence him to taking action on getting what he wants. The director uses dialogue, camera shots, music and costume to help me understand Becky’s character traits which I admire. …show more content…
Becky objects his remark and says “This place is as good as any other.” The director then shows a mid shot of Gilbert furrowing his eyebrows to Becky’s remark. This shows that Gilbert is shocked to see that Becky doesn’t find Endora a dead end town unlike himself. This scene also demonstrates Becky’s passion for travelling and seeing the world. Becky’s grandmother says “I’ve spent most of my whole life in the same spot; anyways she encouraged me to get out!” Becky’s positive attitude and passion towards life influenced her grandmother to do the same and to follow in her footsteps. I greatly admire Becky for encouraging her grandmother to get out more as it has made her grandmother happy with her life. This scene also foreshadows the fact that Becky will not only influence her grandmother, but eventually Gilbert as well.
Becky is self determined and helps Gilbert to realise that in order for him to be happy with his life, he needs to act and stop being passive. In the scene with Gilbert and Becky by the lake at night, Becky talks to Gilbert about his father’s suicide. She asks him if he thinks it was his father’s fault he died. Gilbert responds with “No, nobody knew what he felt, he was just sort of there, we tried to get him to play around, laugh, get him to smile, but…nothing…just like he was already dead.” Becky then looked at him directly
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