Not In Control Of Our Own Destiny: The Movie "Stranger Than Fiction"

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Unwilling changes or turning points are often employed by authors to aid the characters in acquiring better attitudes towards life. In the film Stranger than Fiction written by Zach Helm, turning points are used this way through Harold Crick. Harold’s realization of being powerless to avoid his fateful death provides a turning point that induces Harold’s transformation into a more emotional and passionate individual who lives every minute of his life to the fullest. The turning point is when Harold realizes he cannot avoid his fateful death after his apartment is being unexpectedly demolished by a crane when he is staying home to control his destiny. This very event causes Harold to live his remaining life by playing the guitar, by pursuing his love interest Ana Pascal using irrational methods, and finally by dropping the granny smith apple symbolizing the end of his transformation.
The turning point is when Harold realizes he is unable to control his fate and gives up trying to prevent his death. That is after his apartment is partially demolished by a wrecking crew mistaking the building for an abandoned one when he is staying home from work to try to control his fate in Karen’s novel. If we recall back to the movie, Harold is watching a science program of how animals were unable to control their destiny in the natural world on TV on his day off. A memorable quote in the show “The wounded bird knows its fate. Its desperate attempts to escape only underscore the hopelessness of its plight,” perfectly describes Harold’s situation of being powerless to avoid his fateful death, unbeknownst to Harold. Then, minutes after, a crane crashes into Harold’s living room, to Harold’s surprise. When Harold reveals these facts to Professor Hilbert, Hilbert reinforces the idea that Harold is unable to avoid his destiny, and it is best for Harold to live his remaining life fully. Harold takes this advice to heart. Realizing his imminent death forces Harold to live life. Not until this point Harold starts his journey of transforming into a new person who enjoys life with a good attitude.
First, Harold starts to live life with passion and a dream when he starts off his transformation with purchasing a guitar to fulfill his life dream of playing one. When he is at the music store to buy guitars, instead of picking the attractive and high-quality guitars, he chooses a mal-treated Fender electric guitar. Harold wants a guitar that said something about him, and this guitar certainly does what he wants. This guitar is similar in one way than Harold that it is once mistreated. The guitar is abused by its previous owner, just as Harold once has been overly harsh on himself. Harold’s buying the guitar shows that he desires to start treating the damaged guitar well. But more importantly, he wants to start enjoying his life by realizing his desire of playing the guitar rather than by compulsively measuring and rationalizing every single detail of his life. By playing...

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