The Graduate

Essay by kimtoaCollege, UndergraduateA, April 2008

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The Graduate is directed by Mike Nichols in 1967. The Graduate is one of the best looking films I've ever seen. It is also a film that won the Oscar for best director, was nominated for best picture, and made the top ten lists of A.F.I.'s best American films ever made.

Regarding the film in late-60s political ideology, The Graduate is a decidedly liberal film. In its principle, conflictive characters are political opposition (both in age and sex). Seen in its time, a decade of political identification such as sexual and racial, The Graduate establishes clear pawns, and allows dualistic sympathy for either party in conflict. In the end, the liberal force succeeds, though there is the final implication that the success is met with apprehension and is not secure.

Benjamin Braddock is alone and confused drowning in a life that he is trying to desperately keep afloat. Upon returning home from the East Coast, the recent college graduate soon finds himself questioning the values of society and alienated from the world he thought he knew so well.

The Graduate portrays the life of an upper-class boy who is embarking on the most confusing experiences of his life as he is transitioning into adulthood. Ben is an innocent an exploited young man who feels the pressure to conform but is struggling with his attempt of becoming his own man. Throughout the film, Ben is seduced and betrayed by the older generation (including his parents, his dad business friend, and the Robinsons) and feels the need to break away from the life of plastics and Los Angeles and find out what it is that truly makes him happy.

In the opening scene Ben is alone in the shot and then the camera opens up to reveal him amongst a crowd on...