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The Use of Metaphors Through Filming Techniques in The Graduate Every generation says it wont happen to them Im not going to be like my parents Im not going to sell out my dreams Nothing captures this idea better than The Graduate Nichols 1967 In this twisted film of a college student Benjamin Braddock Dustin Hoffman and his search for himself the director Mike Nichols uses a multitude of metaphors to intensify feelings and emotions Nichols uses a plethora of filming techniques to help achieve his desired effect Seductive flashes color distortion and a scuba suit are just a few of the many metaphors that Nichols uses in The Graduate This coming of age film is a timeless classic due in part to the cinematographic genius demonstrated by Nichols A perfect example of Nichols use of metaphors to express Bens feelings occurs during the infamous scene in which the older Mrs Robinson Anne Bancroft seduces him When Ben proceeds to Elaine Robinsons Katharine Ross bedroom to return Mrs Robinson her purse a naked Mrs Robinson follows in behind him and quickly locks the door As she offers her body to Ben a series of flashes of Mrs Robinsons breasts and waistline appear First her breasts then waist then breasts and waist again These quick flashes last only fractions of a second each and offer a glimpse into the rapid vacillation of Bens decision process Also the flashes tell us a great deal of Bens personality Having been raised or rather instructed to act as a disciplined and scrupulous young man the majority of his attention is directed above the neck of Mrs Robinson However Ben cannot help from peeping downward at the seductive Mrs Robinson It is apparent that the flashes in this scene represent the desires that arise upon Bens viewing of the nude Mrs Robinson It is also clear that Bens heart is racing as sexual thoughts run
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