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Second Chance Essay

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Masochist, the overall idea of being subjected to a situation that cases pain and harm, but enduring it for the purpose of satisfaction. Coping mechanisms between individuals vary when faces with obstacles of self-torture, guilt and healing. Rhoda and John are merely two exemplifying roles of this. Although both individuals represented in the film portray a sense of masochism, their grappling behaviors are polar opposites.
To begin with, there is Rhoda. After being held accountable for the travesty she causes the night of her MIT acceptance, she feels the strong urge to make things right. In her attempt to find John and confess to him that it was she who killed his beloved wife and son, ...view middle of the document...

But he can't find it. He can't stop it. It keeps going. Few hours into this, begins to feel like torture. A few days go by with this sound, and he knows that this small sound... will break him. He'll lose his mind. What's he gonna do? He's up in space, alone, in a space closet. He's got 25 days left to go... with this sound. So the cosmonaut decides... the only way to save his sanity... is to fall in love with this sound. So he closes his eyes... and he goes into his imagination, and then he opens them. He doesn't hear ticking anymore. He hears music. And he spends the sailing through space in total bliss... and peace” (Cahil). It is apparent that Rhoda has cemented the idea that John’s pain has caused her the guilt she constantly hears in the back of her mind, and accepted it as a joyous burden. Just like the Russian cosmonaut, Rhoda is forced to deal with an overwhelming feeling that is out of her control, guilt. In doing so, she is portraying a larger concept of self-torture. By doing that she is contributing to the life circle of masochism.
At first, she carries this guilt over her shoulders with so much pain, but as time goes by, she manages to keep her shoulders straight and she learns to understand those particular feelings as blessings in disguise. In the midst of that painful satisfaction, Rhoda begins to realize that she is falling for john, but when she realizes that that is unacceptable, she does what she came to do all along, she says what is on her mind. She confesses to John, something that in her mind is a chance at possible finding herself and her happiness.
John on the other hand, as the victim, finds peace and satisfaction through trusting and loving a complete stranger. Strangely enough, John finds his sanity and heart once again while spending all this time with Rhoda. As an outsider looking in, that same masochism that is being exuded by Rhoda, John characterizes. That is because he is caring for and enjoying something that unconsciously caused him an immense amount of pain. Even though John is clueless to the matter, it is almost a natural protective mechanism for him to trust Rhoda in her caring for him and his current life situation. Subconsciously, he desires for her to come back and accompany him. This same as of John is portrayed through Rhoda. The only difference is that Rhoda has been advised by Purdeep, her only...

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