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I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me But its hard to stay mad when theres so much beauty in the world Sometimes I feel like Im seeing it all at once and its too much My heart fills up like a balloon thats about to burst And then I remember to relax and not try to hold on to it And then it flows through me like rain And I cant feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life You have no idea what Im talking about Im sure Dont worryyou will someday The stupid little life that Lester Burnham refers to embodies the meaningless empty actions which he repeats daily with no particular purpose Sam Mendes American Beauty introduces Lester as presently dead and merely overlooking what used to be his life The individual members of his dysfunctional joyless family as well as that of Ricky Fitts strive to find happiness and connect with others These two families represent the typical American populace and its perspective on life Using both dialogue and thematic elements the film allows us to convey the standard suburban family struggling to maintain a routine that portrays superficiality materialism selfishness and deception This is a film with several motifs that surround each character Their shallow and dense personalities intensify the plot and inevitably lead to their downfalls American Beauty therefore is far richer thematically than most usual Hollywood films The superficiality of the American society is saturated within each character They are excessively concerned with appearances clinging to the physical matter and disregarding the substance Indeed many of the characters explicitly state this sensibility We are fooled by these appearances and often fail to see what lies beneath the surface blinded by the truth The character of Buddy Kane expresses that In order to be successful one must project an image of success at all times Lester supports this
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