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American Beauty Lester and the Character Arc American Beauty is one-hundred and twenty two minute piece about a family consisting of a teenage daughter with self-perception issues a middle-aged wife that has an inferiority complex and a middle-aged husband with an extreme mid-life crisis Most men that go through these times in their life normally buy a sports car usually a convertible one thats in a bright color and extremely small like one of those circus clown cars and cheat on their wife usually with a secretary or some other co-worker slightly younger than the wife The family is miserable and very unstable There is no communication between any of them and they are all on self-destructive paths In this paper I will focus on Lesters path since he is the presumed main character out of this ensemble Lesters isnt very aware of his problem outright His problem is that he wants to be young again He wants to live a life thats very unobtainable this late into his life and by trying to achieve it he will certainly cause an already troubled family great pain and regret He starts off working at some firm much like the CC Baxtor character from The Apartment except Lester is the aggressor in this movie Lester the aggressor Lester meets his new neighbor Ricky Fitts outside a convention and immediately they can relate to each other and begin smoking marijuana Now that he is aware of what he is turning into and relatively admits it by calling Ricky his personal hero He embraces his destructive behavior by multiplying it a hundred times and really going after the goal sleeping with his daughters teenage friend Instead of being reluctant and committing to change he is reluctant to change There are plenty of chances to make things right that Lester avoids He doesnt have to sell his car there was nothing wrong with it he didnt have to work
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