His wife, Carolyn, is an ambitious real estate broker; their sixteen-year-old daughter, Jane, abhors her parents and has low self-esteem. Frank is a strict disciplinarian who previously forced Ricky into a military academy and briefly committed him to a psychiatric hospital.
Saturday, February 27, The Psychology of Carolyn Burnham - Perfectionism and Self Hatred in American Beauty In the film American Beauty Carolyn Burnham creates an outward image of perfection to conceal what she feels is the repulsive person at the core of her being.
In the film American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes, a man realizes how sedate his life has become, how useless he is to his daughter, and how controlled he is by his wife.
He decides to take a closer look at how he got there and how he can get back to the man he used to be - a man who loved life and used to take pleasure in simple luxuries. Lester Burnham, performed by the always engaging Kevin Spacey, is that man, that father, and that husband.
She puts forth the air of effortless success when she is covertly loathing her own imperfections. This loathing elicits a violent condemnation of herself at many points in the film, and this psychoanalysis of her character examines the impetus for her behavior.
Carolyn is attracted to him because she recognizes an aspect of herself in what he says. Her spade and shoes match exactly, she meticulously wipes away an almost unnoticeable smudge on the mirror at the show house, and she prevents her husband Lester from spilling beer on her perfect imported silk couch.
The small stuff is easy, and frames the structure of her self-created appearance. The rest is filled in with the bigger details — having a perfect rose garden, selling a house, or keeping a pristine home.
The more dense her persona becomes with her accumulated perfections, then the easier it is for her to conceal and forget who she thinks she really is on the inside. She carefully closes the blinds before she allows herself to have a cry.
Carolyn seems to feel she not only needs but deserves this violent treatment and masochistically administers just enough to pull herself together and march out of the house with head held high. And yet she had to have this experience in a darkened room where nobody could witness what she considers to be her shameful behavior.
Similarly, when her imperfect affair is discovered and Buddy leaves her alone in her car, the stress of it manifests itself as the thunderous howl of a soul ripping apart at the seams, creating a sort of endorphin rush that allows her to regain control when she feels her grasp slipping. Perhaps, in later years, it is due to her strict demands not being met.
Though, she has probably created those impossibly high goals to hide her own resemblances to the disappointments she encountered growing up. She has learned to rely on herself to get things done. But when she lets herself down, she looses it because if she cannot count on anyone except herself, then she is truly all alone with nobody on her side at all.
And that fear of loneliness is what drives Carolyn to self abuse. She is both judge and executioner to her own perceived crimes — such as they are.Carolyn Burnham (Annette Bening) BACK; NEXT ; Character Analysis.
Mean mommy. Cold fish. Social climber. Unfaithful wife. No, Carolyn's character is not designed to be liked at least for the first part of American Beauty. Type or paste a DOI name into the text box.
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