The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

By | December 2012
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The notion of the ‘outsider’ is used in numerous literary works and media, mainly as a foil or an atypical character, to satirically criticise humanities flawed ideals and values. I found this particularly evident in the film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, where the story of a man with a strange anachronistic lifecycle exhibited people’s quick assumptions and judgement based solely on semblance. From the very beginning, the central character Benjamin Button is presented as the outsider, being born with the physique and appearance of an old man.

, is born with the physique and appearance of an old man. It is clear from the very beginning that he is the manifestation of an ‘outsider’.

that people are quick to assume that another is strange or bizarre based on their semblance alone.

When Benjamin is first born

Manifestation of humanity’s corruptness as a whole
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through various personal, cultural, historical and social contexts. In the film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, I came to the realisation that outsiders are, but not always, those that are misunderstood or misjudged due to their differences. The film has shown me that most, lacking rudimentary civility, are quick to assume that another is strange or bizarre based on their semblance alone and not by their true personality. The notion of the ‘outsider’

To me, an outsider is someone who does not conform to society’s idealistic expectations and are therefore marginalised from its folds. This is foremost due to prejudices against ethnicity, class or cultural knowledge by the majority of the populous. The perceptions towards the ‘outsider’ are shaped through various personal, cultural, historical and social contexts by means of different literary works and media. While various literary works have d

Outsiders are not accepted into society’s folds

* Scene where Benjamin is introduced to church
* Scene where people look at him and judge him
* Black and white...
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