College Writing 2B
18 February 2013
The Man He Really Is
In the film Million Dollar Baby, Frankie Dunn is a trainer in California who refrains from building close bonds with others. The main source of that comes from his daughter. Though his daughter never makes an appearance in the film, their relationship affects the relationships he shares with those around him. He wishes to be close with her, but because of the distance between them, it causes him to shut others out. Frankie, played by Clint Eastwood, distances himself from those closest to him to ensure that he doesn’t lose them the way he lost his daughter. Although it is not specifically mentioned in the film why Frankie and his daughter no longer speak, it is evident that the lack of communication between them causes him heartache. With so much heartache built up inside of him, it is difficult for him to allow anyone he might be able to care about within close proximity.
In the beginning of the film Frankie picks up several letters labeled "return-to-sender" when he walks through the door of his home. The viewer sees that the letters are addressed to his daughter, Kate. Apparently, Frankie sent many letters to Kate for numerous years, but they always came back to him completely unopened. Disappointment and sadness fill his eyes when he looks at the letters sprawled out on his floor every time he comes home. This only further worsens his feelings, but he continues to send her letters anyway. He tries his hardest to make sure she knows that he still cares for her, but it weakens him when he doesn’t receive any reply. Kate is only mentioned a two times throughout the film, and very little is discussed about her. One instance is when Frankie speaks with one of the Fathers at the church he attends. Twenty three years ago Frankie started to attend Mass everyday because of all the guilt that built up inside due to his relationship with his daughter. After...
Cited: Million Dollar Baby. Dir. Clint Eastwood. Perf. Clint Eastwook, Hilary Swank, Morgan
Freeman. Warner Bros. Pictures, 2004.
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