This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Importance Of Narrative Scripts Through Being John Malkovich

997 words - 4 pages

Being John Malkovich turns the ideas of screen theory into a narrative in order to draw criticism on spectatorship, and break down concepts such as the male gaze and the cinematic apparatus.
In the beginning of the film, Craig is living in the Imaginary, spending hours with his art. Lotte suggests to him that he should go out and find a real job, which he does at Lester Corp. But the Imaginary that Craig lives in is stable compared to the “real” world, or the Symbolic, where everything is seemingly off or strange. His apartment is filled with animals; the office where he works is on the 7 ½ floor, situated between the 7th and 8th floors with low ceilings; the people that he is surrounded by are all a little off, but perceive themselves as normal. When he enters into the portal, he once again enters into the Imaginary, finding that he prefers the stability and order of the Imaginary to the Symbolic. This is symbolic of films and the pleasure of going to see films. The real world that we live in is chaotic and strange, causing people to feel out of place. When we step into the cinema (through the “portal”) we enter into the Imaginary created by films. There is a pleasurable aspect in going to the movies, in the escapism of believing that the Imaginary is more “real” than the real world.
Malkovich is a stand-in for the cinematic apparatus, and also for the object of fetishization. Casting an actor to play himself was a choice made by the filmmakers that plays into the self-aware nature of the film. It would have been simple to allow the portal to go into any average person, but since the film is an attempt to form a narrative around screen theory, it was necessary to cast someone like John Malkovich. The portal itself is symbolic of the camera, as it transports us to the imaginary world that we see. The theater is recreated inside of Malkovich’s mind. It is dark, the spectator is virtually immobile and what Malkovich sees is symbolic of the screen. Like we would during a film, we see things happening on the “screen”, which creates a believable reality for the spectators. Lastly, we have the spectators who are inside Malkovich, watching his daily routine. The portal would be useless without someone to travel through it into the imaginary.
Malkovich is also the object of fetish for the people who visit Malkovich. When people look through Malkovich’s eyes, they often only see parts of him, usually his hands and arms, sometimes his legs or torso. When Lotte goes through the portal, she watches Malkovich in the shower, finding pleasure in watching his naked form. It makes sense that Malkovich is the object of fetish instead of Maxine, even though both Craig and Lotte desire her. As Lotte describes Malkovich and his portal after having dinner at Lester’s house, she says that it is Malkovich’s vagina. It is...

Find Another Essay On The Importance of Narrative Scripts through Being John Malkovich

The Importance of being Ernest Essay

969 words - 4 pages The idea of The Importance of being Ernest is about living a double life. In the author's (Oscar Wilde) life he also was living a double life, as a homosexual. Oscar Wilde was living an undercover life as a homosexual who later died a sad life. Victorianisms is made to separate people from life, such as people who are homosexuals and how they act in the public eye or in society. For example Bill Clinton he performed the act by having sex with a

The Importance of Being Earnest Essay

1037 words - 5 pages Racism. Sexism. Ugly words with a single common thread—the all too human flaw of judging others based solely on outward appearances. Although this flaw can be found in every culture and era, Victorian England perfected it into an art form. Wealthy, fashionable, powerful and highly hypocritical, appearances were everything. As stated by Gwendolyn Fairfax in the play The Importance of Being Earnest, “Style, not sincerity, is the vital thing” (783

The Importance of Being Earnest

1503 words - 7 pages stays ‘bad’. Despite the obstacles surrounding Lady Bracknell, there are some aspects throughout the play which do conform to this model. For instance, Jack faces problems during the play which are then resolved through his actions and are consequently followed by happiness in the resolution when he finds out ‘the vital Importance of Being Earnest’ . Similarly, the same can be said for Algernon who lies to please the women that he desires to

The Importance of being Satirical

918 words - 4 pages Irish LiteratureThe Importance of Being SatiricalLiterature has given us pleasure, portrayed our joys, unveiled beauty, and opened our eyes to things we failed to see. It has stood alongside human's never-ending struggles and has even attempted to reform society. Writers used literary forms like satire and the comedy of manners to expose the downfalls and hypocrisies of their age. These kinds of literary works gave readers of that time, a sense

The Importance of Being Ernest

935 words - 4 pages Ernest found the time he was the track team manager, and writing for the school newspaper. ”Ernest used a fake name while writing for his school’s newspaper.” ( Ernest’s academic life were mostly used through music and writing. Ernest’s family was close knit and took many trips that involved everyone. He was raised up in a strong Christian home, which involved going to church every week and reading of the bible. His family took

The Importance of Being Earnest

745 words - 3 pages The morals of the Victorian Era gained renown for their strict socials roles that existed for both men and women. However, Oscar Wilde rejected these morals as he not only wrote characters but also acted as a character who flippantly disregarded the strict moral code. In his play The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde elicits a thoughtful laughter through the constant hypocrisy and non-sequitous behaviours of Lady Bracknell. Wilde uses her to

Personal Narrative- The Importance of Family Dining

1406 words - 6 pages Personal Narrative- The Importance of Family Dining "Never forget that your family is really the most important assembly you ever entertain." -Irma S. Rombauer, Joy of Cooking I awaken this morning with the aroma of bacon calling me to the kitchen. Upon my arrival I witness the table set for five, complete with imported European coffee, buttered toast, maple syrup, fresh squeezed orange juice, and a stack of pancakes so tall it continues

Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest

588 words - 2 pages In “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, humor functions through the use of Characterization and the social satire of the Victorian period. Characterization is the method an author uses to reveal or describe characters and their various personalities. Satire is a literary tone used to ridicule or make fun of human vice or weakness, often with the intent of correcting, or changing, the subject of the satirical attack. These two

Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest

1823 words - 7 pages In Oscar Wilde’s satire, The Importance of Being Earnest, he engages the audience with a profound amount of conflicting dialogue starting with the title. The importance of being Ernest is quite a different meaning than the importance of being earnest. Wilde demonstrates a considerable amount of wit to unfold the importance of being both Ernest and earnest. The play centers on a young man named Jack, who incidentally has created an alter ego

Essay On "The Importance Of Being Earnest

1452 words - 6 pages . While, for Cecily, Algernon’s background that he is wicked and is talked much attracts her. At the same time, both ladies pursue one thing—the name Ernest. Thus, what both Gwendolen and Cecily love is Jack and Algernon’s names and attractive backgrounds, but not their personalities.In conclusion, different from Shakespeare’s famous play Romeo and Juliet, in Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest, women see

Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest

3042 words - 12 pages . The Importance of Being Earnest was far too boring for me to voluntarily put myself through that kind of agony again. It was comical at some parts; it had an all-around great plot. It just lacked that little extra something to make you intrigued with the author. Perhaps it was the lack of creativity when it came to writing style, or that it was written in play format. Whatever the reason, the thought of another Wilde piece induces nausea. But, hey, if you like drab sentences piled on top of one another, this book is for you!

Similar Essays

Topic Study: Change; How Change Is Represented In "Sense And Sensibility" By Jane Austen, "As I Walked Out One Evening" By W H Auden And "Being John Malkovich" Directed By Spike Jonze?

1574 words - 6 pages Change is an unavoidable concept of modification and alteration perceptible on multiple forms. It affects individuals, their perspectives and the world around them in both constructive and detrimental means. Three texts that represent Change and its effects are the novel "Sense and Sensibility" written by Jane Austen, the poem "As I Walked Out One Evening" composed by W H Auden and the film "Being John Malkovich" directed by Spike Jonze, script

The Importance Of Being Earnest Essay

703 words - 3 pages The Importance of Being Earnest Comparative AnalysisThe Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde's most famous play was first performed in 1895 and is a comedy in which the protagonist, John (Jack) Worthing, creates a fictitious brother, Earnest, to escape social obligations he considered a burden. This comedic satire mocks the triviality that marriage, education, and even the value of women is given in the social world of his day. The 1952

The Importance Of Being Earnest Essay

1402 words - 6 pages Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is a timeless comedy of manners in which two young, light-hearted men, pretend their names are ‘Ernest’ in a bid to impress their love interests, who both believe the name Ernest bestows magical qualities on the possessor. Throughout the play, Wilde uses a mix of social drama, melodrama and farce to appeal to the audience. Through his gentle use of parody Wilde is able to ridicule his contemporaries

The Importance Of Being Earnest Essay 1485 Words

1485 words - 6 pages Russell Jackson asserts that in The Importance of Being Earnest, 'Wilde simultaneously engaged with and mocked the forms and rules of society' To what extent is Wilde's play critical of society? The Importance of Being Earnest: a Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play written by, author, poet and playwright Oscar Wilde in 1894 and debuted at St James's Theatre in London in 1895. The Importance of Being Earnest is Wilde's most eminent work