Craig Gillespie’s Lars and the Real Girl is a comedic drama that follows Lars, a sweet, yet socially inept young man, whose childhood has deeply affected his personality and ability to engage in social relationships. In an attempt to feel belonging and experience loving relationships, he purchases Bianca, a life-sized doll online. Lars journeys through dependence on Bianca for a sense of belonging and warm relationships, to engaging in ‘real-life’ relationships. The film illustrates Lars’ personality using Abraham Maslow’s humanistic conception of personality and Hans Eysenck’s trait conception.
The culture of Mango Street lends itself to espousing two main gender roles for women, most importantly the role of mother and caretaker, and less significantly, as sexual figure. Women on Mango Street commonly embrace or are forced to embrace at least one of these roles. Marin, a woman who takes care of her cousins by day and sits outside smoking by night, easily embodies both roles. Sally particularly exemplifies that women cannot get away from the gender roles that bind them. In her family, being a female means becoming a vulnerable person for the man to control. However, Sally prefers to ignore this gender role and advertise herself as a seductress. As she agrees to give “a kiss for each” boy (Cisneros 97) in exchange for her keys back, “beauty is linked to sexual coercion …; there are no promises of marriage here, only promises of giving back to Sally what is already hers” (Wissman). Her family rejects his role, though to some extent accepted by Mango Street. By accepting the alternate gender role, Sally tries to break away from the gender role her family expects of her. However, she is unsuccessful. To escape from her father, Sally is “married before eighth grade” (Cisneros 101) to an equally controlling man who “won’t let her talk on the telephone” or “look out the window” (Cisneros 102). The marriage is a way
The parted lips and wide eyes show fear and dependence and this idea is affirmed by her hand pulling on Paul’s vest. The woman’s construction may prompt viewers to feel New York City women are in need of men with such values as Australian men to protect them. It confirms the idea that New York City is dangerous, full of sexual predators who find pleasure in harassing women such as Linda. Viewers may also feel disrespect towards her because she’s being a product of society’s desire for a sex symbol and not an individual; she must conform to fit in and so it is her fault if she is harassed and tampered with.
As a teenager, Ben Woodward popular among his friends, loved by his family and a respected prefect at school, slid into depression, worried by his lack of interest in girls, and concerned that he seemed 'different' to other boys his age. His school friends worried about their previously happy-go-lucky mate, and began to notice he didn't come to parties with them anymore or discuss his 'conquests'.
Declyn had never been one for team sports at High School or College, but he'd always had a love for pounding the pavement. He enjoyed the fresh air, and the opportunity it gave him to think. That propensity for solitary and intellectual pursuits had made Declyn, not an outcast in his teenage years, but one who'd always found it difficult to attract the girls. He knew they gawked at him, but couldn't quite figure out why. His six foot two inch frame was fit and toned, with broad shoulders that tapered to a narrow waist and a taut abdomen; dark hair, thick and lush adorned his head, and his piercing green eyes either shined with amusement and lit up when he laughed, or narrowed to slits behind the spectacles he wore when Declyn focused and forgot the world around him existed.
The movie “Ghost World,” directed by Terry Zwigoff and written by Daniel Clowes and “Maggie the Mechanic,” written by Jaime Hernandez brings the life of four young girls from two different lifestyles to the graphic novel world. Both stories give the readers realistic and interesting look into the comic book adventures that defied comic book conventions. In “Ghost World,” with Enid and Rebecca, we catch a glimpse into their view of the world, not entirely invalid, and sometimes childish and superficial. Their activities gave them pleasure, but are not as much fun as they used to be. In contrast to “Ghost World, ” there are Maggie and Hopey in “Maggie the Mechanic,” whose stories focus on their antics, and the sexual tensions. Hopey, who is a lesbian, is desperately in love with the primarily heterosexual Maggie, and Hopey makes it clear, she will always there for her. This essay will focus on the differences between Maggie and Hopey, Enid and Rebecca concerning their friendships and romantic relationships, Their departure form each other, and how traditional relationships are defied.
Throughout the semester I have been working towards accomplishing some goals that I set out for interviewing. This essay will critically analyze the fourth session interview between myself and my client, Jessie. The session was about a 35-year-old woman who was feeling unhappy and lonely, after going through a separation with her husband of ten years. In this session, Jessie was feeling especially unhappy and confessed some suicidal thoughts. Throughout this interview, I used my learning goals, including focusing on the current situation, using appropriate body language, and focusing on client goals, which are all discussed in the Appendix. This essay will discuss how I was able to work on those learning goals, and whether or
Linda got up and walked to the break room and get a cup of coffee. In there, she saw Lame Linda, Vain Valery, and Cowardly Carlos. She didn’t smile or look at them and just grabbed a mug from the cabinet. “Oh, Linda… Hello.” Said a voice behind her, Vain Valery, of course. “That’s a real pretty skirt you got on today.” She commented. She could hear them exchanging whispers and hid her sad face, she wouldn’t give them the satisfaction. “Leave me alone, please.” She said. Linda got her coffee and left in a scurry lowering her
For the purpose of illustration and analysis, a theoretical client will be reviewed. Heather is a 28 year old single professional causation woman, she looks a little old for her age, slumped shoulders, her attitude is somewhat flat, she displays a friendly smile that comes and goes with a soft pleasant voice. She lives a few miles from her family and childhood home. She is a successful IT Engineer; she is a mid level manager and has successfully advanced through the company, starting as an intern. She gets along with her coworkers and she is well liked at work. When listening to Heather talk about her work, she beams with excitement. Her main concern is her lack of social life and romantic partner. She feels like time is running out for marriage and it dominates all her thoughts.
Some aspects of her relationships awaken her “sensual self” which developed when she “allowed herself to feel and act upon her own desires” (“Themes”) as she did with Robert and Alcee. However, Edna’s accomplishment in discovering her own identity takes a turn as society’s outlook makes her take a different path.
This journal entry will discuss the intake and engagement video with my client Samantha and will be a personal self-assessment of the issues that need work. In addition, the paper will discuss the beginning of the interview and skills and techniques such as empathy, rapport building, listening skills, open and closed-ended questions, and signs of client engagement. The second part of the interview will discuss the focus of the interview and the closure of the interview. Furthermore, when doing a self-assessment, it is important to do a self-reflection of what was alright and what mistakes were made when doing the interview so corrections can be made in basic and advanced interviewing skills and techniques for the future when helping
For my client’s confidentiality, throughout the rest of this paper I will be using the false name of Carol to protect her identity. Carol is currently a full-time female student at York University. As I am also a full-time student at York university, when it came time to ask if she would volunteer as my client for this project, Carol’s academic appreciation and understanding personality made the interview very comfortable. Carol’s problem was between her and her best friend whom she feels are growing distant. She explained that she has known this friend since high-school but lately does not feel that her friend has time for her due to their busy schedules, her friend’s boyfriend and her own academic responsibilities.
In the film Lars and the real girl by Craig Gillespie, an important character developed is Lars. Lars lives in a tight knit community based in a small American town. Lars has a fear of human contact which results in him suffering form a delusional disorder where he falls I love with, Bianca, a life sized ‘real’ doll. Through his relationship with Bianca he is provided with unconditional love and lack of criticism he desires. This inurn helps him gain confidence he requires to engage in his community and begin to relate to those around him. Gillespie shows the development Lars undergoes through the techniques setting, costume and dialogue.