Will Hunting is a punk prodigy. He is the main character; his problems occur in the physics domain. Will is concerned with doing what it takes to get by--his activities have no inherent purpose. Abandoned and abused, Will carries a colossal chip on his shoulder--he is a do-er who strikes out with his fists, and defends himself and his friends with brilliant intellect ("My boy's wicked smart"). He has a male mental sex, particularly well represented in his symptom of cause and response of effect, yet his genius, in a sense, is holistic:
Stone deaf and he [Beethoven] saw all of that music in his head. SKYLAR
So, do you play the piano?
Not a lick. I look at a piano and I see black and white keys, three pedals and a box of wood. Beethoven, Mozart, they looked at it and it just made sense to them. They saw a piano and they could play. SKYLAR
--But you can do my O-Chem lab in under an hour, you can--
--When it came to stuff like that I could always just play.
Will works as a janitor at M.I.T. under the auspices of the Parole Employment Program. That...