The film begins with an old woman sitting In a hospital bed, dying from cancer. This seems very realistic because of how she talks (It’s very crackly and quiet) and how she looks (very sickly). There is also a hurricane approaching outside, as made realistic by many of the nurses talking about it, and news programs on the television that keep flashing warning on how close the storm is. The dying old woman is talking to her daughter, and the nurses warn the daughter to say her goodbyes because the old woman Isn’t doing too well.
Thus, the old woman brings out the Journal of Benjamin Button and has the daughter read his story. This creates verisimilitude because It seems more likely that Benjamin Is real If the seemingly normal daughter is seeing his journal, pictures, and postcards, and how it seems like the old woman is getting something off her chest right before she passes away. Throughout the rest of the movie, verisimilitude is created by keeping the timing of the years and ages accurate. 2. Two symbols from the movie are the hummingbird and the clock that goes backwards.
The hummingbird is known as a messenger and stopper of time due to Its speed. It Is also able to fly backwards, teaching us that we can look back on our past. In the movie, the hummingbird appears during times that a hummingbird should not survive – out at sea and during a winter storm. Perhaps the hummingbird represents that these characters can learn from their trying experiences but move forward with energy like a hummingbird. The hummingbird represents the need for these characters to also act as messengers and share their stories with others. With the clock. It all comes together at the end.
With the Image of the clock In the background, Benjamin Button recalls the people who have Impacted his life and their assigns – the elderly woman who taught him to love music, Daisy who found a way to dance, and the captain, who became an artist in a unique way. I believe the clock theme symbolizes that we determine our youthfulness, not the ticking clock. Our passions make us feel alive, and we should always strive to live a life of passion. And I thought it was perfect that it washed away in the hurricane, unknown and lost essentially In some closet. Time eventually erases all things, and the passage of time Is really Irrelevant.
It Is the marks made during that passage that are significant and lasting; not the moments of time. Also, Benjamin story is just like the clock, unknown, and after the telling of it, rinsed away by acknowledgment (from his daughter) most likely not to be shared again. 3. Benjamin Button gives a lengthy narration about following your passion in life and how it’s never too late. With Benjamin, it was getting Daisy to really fall for him and love him no matter what, but for the older lady it was swimming the English Channel and for the dad It was to be forgiven by Benjamin for leaving him as a baby.
It’s never too late to do what you want to do. Another lesson of the movie is to get yourself out of whatever rut you’re n and change your life for the better. Benjamin never saw his condition as a bad thing, except at the end when he couldn’t raise his daughter. But he was still able to share his story with her, even if she didn’t accept it. There were so many lessons and pieces to take out of this movie. Another one was to not be afraid of death. So many grew up with death and knew that it wasn’t an end, but a new beginning.
Another is one’s life is measured by the moments and people who impact it, because no one remembers you after you’re gone. 4. I can relate this movie to what we talked about n class a couple times, about how since it’s our senior year, only we can make the most out of it and have as much fun as we can. No one’s going to hand happiness to us, we have to go out and create it. Benjamin had a real “Carper Diem” kind of attitude throughout the movie, and our discussion in class revolved around that phrase. We only have one year left to make our mark on South Hills. In other words, our clock is ticking down.
Thus, we need to seize the opportunities we’re given, find our passions and what we really want to do, and go after them. 5. The many little stories that aka up the Benjamin Button film are imperative to the overall message. At the end, when Benjamin recounts all the people who left their mark on him in some way, these people’s stories all add up to the theme and lessons to be taught. The elderly woman who taught him to love music, Daisy who found a way to dance, the captain who became an artist in a unique way, the older lady who swam the English Channel, and the dad who was able to reunite with his lost son.
These people all had their own stories and contributed to the overlying theme of the movie. They not only taught Benjamin lessons, but the audience too. 6. For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view.
I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again. ” Benjamin says this in his letter to his daughter who he was never able to raise. We can all take this lesson and really be happy with our lives if we know that we’re always doing what we want to do. I really need to take this to heart when I go off to college. Sometimes it’s okay to be uncertain and not have a plan. As long as you follow your heart and instincts then it’ll all work out because you’ll be happy! Our lives are defined by opportunities; even the ones we miss. ” Our lives really are defined by the opportunities that float our way and what we do with them. At times it’s wise to ‘miss’ the opportunities presented. Then sometimes we can suddenly realize our fortune in making the right choice afterwards. Our life course is defined primarily by our choices, based on the opportunities we either take or leave alone. But all in all, everything we end up doing teaches us lessons that are important for our future. “Benjamin, we’re meant to lose the people we love.
How else would we know how important they are to us? ” This quote helps to encase the overall mood of the movie that you don’t need to fear death or be sad when people die. Death is Just a new beginning. All one can do is reflect on the memories and impacts that that individual made on your life, and be okay that that was what happened. That’s how we know people were important to us – that they made a significant impact in our lives. 7. I thought that Daisy was the most interesting. She seemed bipolar and naive as a young 20 year old.
First she tried weirdly seducing Benjamin even though he seemed to be way older than her, and then she hated that he actually cared about throughout her life (seen with the weird dancer boyfriend she has, and that other dancers asked to sleep with her), and that losing her grandmother was traumatic. Benjamin was able to teach her to open up and settle down, and to actually let someone care for her. She was also extremely worried about her looks and was terrified of getting older when Benjamin was getting younger. But then she realized that “none of us is perfect forever,” and she let herself fall in love.
Daisy was an extremely dynamic character and kept me interested throughout the film. 8. Captain Mike is a minor character that I found most interesting. He was a boisterous drunkard, but his life had quite a bit of meaning to it. He was pretty wise as well. All he wanted was to be an artist, but his father made him become a tugboat captain. So, Captain Mike ended up becoming a tattoo artist on his own body, so his father oldest be able to make his dreams go away. Captain Mike also introduced the symbol of the hummingbird, as he has a hummingbird tattooed on his chest.
He liked the bird because it was so little and flying was scientifically impossible for it, but it kept flying anyways. He also points out that its wings are shaped like an infinity sign when it flies. Then, as Captain Mike dies after a heroic attack on a German U-boat, Benjamin tells him, “There’s a nice spot in heaven waiting for you. ” Later, as he drops a life raft commemorating those who died on the tugboat Chelsea, Benjamin spies a minimizing flying upward, perhaps a symbol of Mike’s spirit. This character was loud but lovable, and his story was imperative to the film’s message. 9.
I think that the decision to leave Daisy and his daughter was the hardest and most defining decision of Benjamin life. Throughout the movie, Benjamin is pretty laid back and just goes with the flow. He takes what he’s given and enjoys it whole-heartedly. He never really had to make a tough decision like he does when he leaves his baby and Daisy. I believe this is the only regret in his whole life – the only thing that really troubled him. Thus, Benjamin life is defined by his ability in that moment to decide what’s best for his daughter and Daisy and his decision to let go, even though his whole life had been somewhat simple.
He took everything he had seen and learned throughout his experiences in life and was able to make that decision for the best for everyone except himself. Benjamin was a truly selfless person. 10. I honestly feel like Eve talked about everything that the film was trying to say about the fleetness of life. Now, we shouldn’t Just talk about the beautiful movie, but actually take to heart what he lessons were, and go out into our world and make our lives what we want them to be.
Life is short and full of memories, and it’s worthwhile if we’re happy! So Just do what you want to do and what makes you happy! I loved this movie and thought it was perfectly crafted and strung together. One of my new favorites hands-down (l had seen it before but was too young to understand all of the background and lessons, as I was Just depressed afterwards about death). We can’t look at death in a negative light, or else we’ll miss all the things life has to offer us. Death is, after all, just a new beginning.