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What's Eating Gilbert Grape? Essay

1096 words - 4 pages

After watching the movie “What’s eating Gilbert Grape” it focuses more on Gilbert Grape than any other characters in the movie. Gilbert Grape is a young man who resides in a small community called Endora. Gilbert at the beginning of the movie states “Describing Endora is like dancing to no music”. Gilbert’s youngest brother Arnie is soon to be 18 years old and has a developmental disability that never was disclosed in the movie. Furthermore, Bonnie Gilbert’s mother has been locked in her own home since her husband committed suicide seven years ago. Moreover, Bonnie is at the stage of stagnation. She is over-weighted and doesn’t think of doing anything for herself or for any of her children. Therefore, leaving Gilbert with the full responsibility of caring for his family especially Arnie.
Generally, after watching the movie I can say that Gilbert is at the fifth stage identity versus identity confusion. Erikson as (cited in Newman & Newman 2012), states “A person’s assessment of the importance of certain content areas in relation to others influences the use of resources, the direction of certain decisions, and the kinds of experiences that may be perceived as most personally rewarding or threatening” (PP. 413). Therefore, during adolescence years, individual are challenged in finding out who they are, what they are all about, and where they see themselves in the future. Moreover, struggling to support his dysfunctional family, Gilbert finds it hard to find his personal identity. Because of the pressure of supporting his family and watching over Arnie, Gilbert lacks a social life. When Gilbert tries to have a social life something negative always happens to Arnie. For example, when Gilbert begins to talk to Becky, Arnie once again climbs up the water tower and is taken in by the town police. Therefore, Gilbert is not able to live a healthy social life.

The moral of the movie is that the father committed suicide and left behind a mother and five children to fetch for themselves. However, the responsibility mainly falls on Gilbert and Amy to care for the home. Gilbert is force to work at a local market in order to support the family. While their mother Bonnie is not coping very well with her grief since her husband died seven years ago. According to Sakinofsky, I. (2007) Bonnie is experiencing complicated grief. Bonnie does not want her any of her children to mention her suicidal husband’s name in the home. Complicated grief is defined as “distinct from major depressive disorder with criteria that include intrusive thoughts about and yearning for the deceased, excessive loneliness, disbelief, and excessive bitterness or anger related to the death, lasting longer than 6 months” (Pp. 2). In addition, because of the death of her husband, Bonnie has developed a major eating disorder that now she is considered to be obese. Bonnie‘s profound sorrow has instigated feelings of absolute hopelessness, misery and a loss of interest in life....

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