Jan 25, 2018 in Informative

Movie Review with Psychology Analysis

Rachel, Rachel"(1968) is an extremely depressing film concerning a lady who has lost control of her life and with no clue on how to reverse the mess. She has to go through a number of of the most terrible situations in order to straighten her life for better. The movie’s main character fantasizes a lot, the fantasy exists as Rachel’s judgments and daydreams are heard and exposed clearly in this film. This attractive lady (Rachel) aged 35 years is a school teacher most probably because she’s yearning to have children, which she believes will never come to pass. She stays with her domineering mother because she has convinced herself that her mother will die without her running the household. At the commencement of the film, she’s a virgin in particular because she never indulges nor takes any risks. At one point, her friend Carla (Estelle Parsons), a fellow schoolteacher, criticizes Rachel because whenever they go out for ice cream; Rachel ever orders vanilla while there are over hundred flavors available. Rachel Cameron who is a very sad, lonely woman lives in the small town of Japonica and teaches second grade at JaponicaElementary school. She lives with a highly demanding mother after the death of her father in the same apartment above a funeral home where she grew up despite the fact that the home is having a different owner now. Rachel habitually uses her mother as an excuse not to do things. Rachel represses her emotions, and is prone to daydreaming to envision alternate paths for herself in some situations if she only had the guts to do those things (Magill, 2007).  

The main character is always obsessed with death and fascinated by the bodies of dead children are occasionally embalmed in front of her. The fact that her father owned and operated a funeral home before passing away might have been the greatest contributor to this funny and sadistic behavior of the main character. She goes to the extent of loving to die to escape the sadness and disappointment she’s going through in her miserable life. Avoiding looking at the positive part of live at all times makes her hallucinate and  imagine things like, she’s sick or dying, loving a married man, standing up to authorities and taking home a abandoned child. Serving sandwiches at her mother's weekly card night is an excuse to hide in her home and avoid the human contact she craves for, and the ancient term "spinster" and all its implications apply perfectly to her (Paul, 2003).

Following a troubling incident with her friend called Calla, Rachel was tempted out of desperation to fall into a love trap

The man who had been her childhood friend, just came home to visit his parents during summer and tricked Rachel into a love triangle, for Rachel to find herself loosing her most precious asset ‘’virginity’’ with the kind of the weird personality she possesses she scared Nick away by telling him she feels he might soon be dead and she desperately required his child. After their second sexual encounter she was convinced that she has achieved her goal of wanting Nick’s baby and leaves the town to raise the child in a different region. This happening after the ‘’scared’’ Nick dumped her for greener pastures realizing the hard fact that she views their relationship as more than a casual and temporary affair. Her best friend Calla comes to her rescue by securing her a job as a teacher in Oregon and it was at this point she discovers that the expansion of her girth was as a result of a benign cyst. This forced her to undergo surgery to remove the cyst which was luckily successful. It was after this saddening incident that she decides to relocate together with her mother hoping to completely have a changed life. This being the turning point in her life she convinces herself that things will take a completely different channel from the one she was pursuing and obviously positive. From the ashes of everything that occurred throughout this one hurting summer, Rachel is capable to come out a focused adult filled with full confidence to face life head on and forge ahead forgetting everything bad w3hich surrounded her life. Going through all these tragedies, a basket full of sadness, frustration total unhappiness Rachel decides to accept change instead of miserably waiting for death mercifully relieve her of all the miseries she faces daily (Magill, 2007).

Pertaining the personality of Rachel, the main character, it seems she is suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder(BPD).Which is a  prolonged disturbance of personality utility in a human beings mostly common in persons aged 18 and above, characterized by profundity and  mood swings. This particular disorder typically involves extraordinary levels of volatility in mood, black and white thinking or rather splitting. More often than not it manifests itself in veneration and devaluation episodes as well as muddled interpersonal interaction, identity and conduct. An individual with this problem isolates himself from all social groups thus feeling psychologically confused most of the times. According to this film the designated film character developed this disorder from childhood because of the environment she grew up in. Having been brought up in a home above a funeral home, and seeing corpses from very tender age had adversely affected her personality.Futher her own father was the director of a funeral home and her mother’s harsh behavior made things worse (Eleanor, 2004).

As if that wasn’t enough her relationship with Nick, her childhood friend made it worse

The tendency of hallucination which Rachel acquired, always imagining this or that can be associated with a disease called psychosis. According to the disease model, psychotic states such as those associated with schizophrenia and manic depression represent symptoms of an underlying disease process, which is dichotomous in nature; i.e. a given subject either does or does not have the disease have any physical disease. According to the dimensional model, by contrast, the population at large is ranged along a normally distributed continuum or dimension, which is known as psychoticism (Eleanor, 2004).


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