Essay About The Graduate

In a young man’s life, many things become confusing. Things that were always easily understood are now full of confusion. Things are especially confusing for a young boy who is fresh out of college and has no direction in life. In the movie “The Graduate” Benjamin Braddock is that boy who is lost without any direction. Confusion causes Benjamin Braddock to make poor judgement, which results in several problems with his relationships with people.

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It is safe to say that some of Benjamin’s relationships with friends and family have been at very least slightly altered by the end of the movie. Ben’s relationship with Mrs. Robinson was tragically disturbed. Although Mrs. Robinson was very forward in what she wanted and extremely seductive towards Ben, there was absolutely no reason for him to go through with the relationship they had for a while. He started this relationship because he wanted to become a man. In his head he still thought of himself as a boy. Especially when Mrs. Robinson asked him if this was his first time. He was offended to the point that he wanted to prove to her that he was a man.

In effect, they continued their relationship appearing that it was fine with both of them. Although it was easy to tell that the relationship was not what Benjamin wanted. He wanted someone different, younger, more like him. He wanted someone just like Elaine Robinson, Mrs. Robinson’s daughter.

Ben’s relationship with Elaine was very complicated. It was actually Ben’s parents’ idea that Ben was to take her out when she came back from school. Mrs. Robinson was very against this and threatened to tell everyone about his little affair if he took her out on a date. Ben had no choice and took her out. There date started out with Ben being very rude to her and just being real quiet, taking her to a strip bar and paying no attention to her. He was very scared of losing what he had with Mrs. Robinson. But more so, Ben was afraid about everyone finding out about his affair. Some time during the date he figured out that he really did not have anything special with Mrs. Robinson and began to open up to Elaine. He begins to like her and wanted to end things with Mrs. Robinson.

All together Ben was, and by the end of the movie, still is a very confused and disturbed young man. All he wanted to do was to prove to himself that he was a man and he could do anything with his life that he wanted. Although I do not agree with what he did with his new life, at least he proved to himself that he could do whatever he wanted.


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