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“The Graduate” is one of the greatest American films produced in the sixties grossing
104.9 million dollars (Box Office, 2019). Calder Willingham and Buck Henry wrote the film
whereas Mike Nicholas was the director. It was based on the Charles Webb's 1963 novel "The
Graduate". The entire film revolves around the life of a fresh graduate Benjamin Braddock and
his post-college experience. He comes home to join his family in the after-graduation party
organized by the parents. However, he is uncomfortable in the presence of his parents and
neighbors who have joined them. He visibly tries to avoid eye contacts with them as they pass
their congratulatory messages. Mrs. Robinsons then coerce him to drive her home since she is
drunk. She later seduces him and they start having a casual relationship. At the same time,
Benjamin seduces Elaine and fall in love with her despite the parent's protest. The film uses
Benjamin, Elaine and Mrs. Robinson to explore the themes of intimacy, isolation, and marriage.
The theme of intimacy and isolation is evident in various scenes in the film. Intimacy
refers to a strong relationship between two individuals. Also, it refers to the act of lovemaking
between people who are not necessarily in a formal relationship like marriage. On the other
hand, isolation is the feeling of loneliness that makes one unhappy. Intimacy and isolation are
one of the primary challenges that young adults have to face daily as they go about their
activities. For instance, young adults are in the process of searching their soulmates as well as
exploring their sexuality making intimacy a vital part of their growth. Similarly, the feeling of
isolation is common among young people as they strive to balance their lives in adulthood. The
period after college is challenging among young people as it begins a new face of their lives full
of responsibilities. "The Graduate" seamlessly depicts these events in their lives using Elaine and
Benjamin.

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Running Head: The Graduate 1 The Graduate Name Institutional Affiliation Date The Graduate 2 The Graduate “The Graduate” is one of the greatest American films produced in the sixties grossing 104.9 million dollars (Box Office, 2019). Calder Willingham and Buck Henry wrote the film whereas Mike Nicholas was the director. It was based on the Charles Webb's 1963 novel "The Graduate". The entire film revolves around the life of a fresh graduate Benjamin Braddock and his post-college experience. He comes home to join his family in the after-graduation party organized by the parents. However, he is uncomfortable in the presence of his parents and neighbors who have joined them. He visibly tries to avoid eye contacts with them as they pass their congratulatory messages. Mrs. Robinsons then coerce him to drive her home since she is drunk. She later seduces him and they start having a casual relationship. At the same time, Benjamin seduces Elaine and fall in love with her despite the parent's protest. The film uses Benjamin, Elaine and Mrs. Robinson to explore the themes of intimacy, isolation, and marriage. The theme of intimacy and isolation is evident in various scenes in the film. Intimacy refers to a strong relationship between two individuals. Also, it refers to the act of lovemaking between people who are not necessarily in a formal relationship like marriage. On the other hand, isolation is the feeling of loneliness that makes one unhappy. Intimacy and isolation are ...
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