What's Eating Gilbert Grape Character Becky Analysis

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In the film What’s eating Gilbert Grape by Lasse Hallstrom, Johnny Depp plays the main character Gilbert Grape who lives in a lifeless remote town called Endora, with his morbidly obese mother and mentally handicapped brother Arnie. As a result of his family issues, Gilbert is left to take full responsibility of Arnie while working full time to support his family. One character I admired in this film is the character Becky who is Gilbert’s love interest. She is the catalyst for Gilbert as she is the one who opens Gilbert’s eyes to the world around him and influence him to taking action on getting what he wants. The director uses dialogue, camera shots, music and costume to help me understand Becky’s character traits which I admire. Becky has a refreshing way of viewing the world and notices the little things in life. In the scene where Gilbert first visits Becky at her campsite while she puts up her laundry, Becky notices a praying mantis on a nearby tree. “Hey look! It’s a praying mantis, you know how they mate? The male will sneak up onto the female and bite his head off and eat him.” In this scene the director uses a mid shot of Becky at eye level so the audience can see that the whole time she was describing the praying mantis, she never took her eyes off it while explaining with enthusiasm to Gilbert. Her costume was a purple robe with a long sleeve underneath and white stockings, covering up most of her skin. We can tell that her clothes are for comfort not fashion. We can also see from the shot that Becky’s face is full of fascination as she marvels at the praying mantis’ mating. This scene shows the audience that Becky is sensible, knowledgeable and free spirited. These are all admirable traits and this scene has made me gain respect for Becky as she seems like a genuine person who has a great insight towards life. Becky is an adventurist kind of girl who likes to travel and see places. In the scene where Gilbert has lunch with Becky and her...
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