Good Will Hunting Movie Themes

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Good Will Hunting Movie Assignment
Emily Black
HHS4M
April 28, 2013

Good Will Hunting Assignment

The movie Good Will Hunting displayed many issues and themes of young adulthood. There were a couple of themes that stood out more than others. One of the central themes was abandonment. The main character Will Hunting played by Matt Damon has been an orphan his whole life. He is scared to be close and have a relationship with people because he hasn’t had anyone there for him. He moved from foster home to foster home not being able to bond with anyone. Another character that experiences abandonment is the psychologist played by Robin Williams. He displays this central theme because his wife passed away and he feels alone. His wife was his everything so when his wife died he felt alone and abandoned. Another central theme is money. Throughout the whole movie many of the characters have issues with money. Will Hunting thinks that he isn’t good enough for the girl he loved because he wasn’t rich. The girl he loved didn’t care about money at all, however Will thought that their relationship was based around money and how he wasn’t good enough for her. In the movie Will is always mentioning money an ends up never bringing her to his house because he is embarrassed. Lastly, another main issue or theme is fear. Every character in the movie at some point displays fear. Will Hunting is scared to trust and love anyone because of his past. He is also scared to use his amazing math skills to take it anywhere. He hides how smart he is instead of using it to the full potential. In the movie Will is so scared to love anyone he almost lets the girl he liked go out of his life. Robin Williams’ character is scared too because of the passing of his wife. He doesn’t know what he is going to do and is scared to move on. I think the seasons of life developmental theory is the most relative to the character Will Hunting. Will faces every step in the seasons of life theory. The...
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