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Benjamin Braddock has just graduated from an Eastern college Hisparents and their friends all think that he will have a bright futurebut Ben is aimless and confused about his future He cannot understandhis parents social life that is full of parties and his parents do notunderstand him either Ben does not want to be the same as his parentsbut they just push him into their plastic social life Ben is isolatedfrom his parents The Graduate is a significant one about youthfulalienation and Mike Nichols the director questions the plastic stodgyupper-middle-class values of society through telling the audience aboutBens growth From aimless to determined Ben finds what he wants Thesoundtracks in the film help the audience to understand what Ben isthinking The use of light and darkness makes a deep impression on theaudience as well In addition water displays in many scenes and wateris a symbol of the society which limits Ben In short the use of musicthe changes of light and darkness and the symbolic meanings of waterexplain Bens aimless fearful isolated situation and indicate hischanges and growthThe soundtracks in the film play an important role and The Sound ofSilence is the main music explores that Ben is innocent and confusedThe song is displayed three times in the film and it is directlyrelated to Bens sadness loneliness and confusion David R Shumwayconsiders that Nicholss choice of music in this film is marvelous dueto its relative scarcity Shumway 37 The music perfectly relatesBens thoughts and situation At the beginning of the film Ben isstanding on the sidewalk alone There only is the white blank wallmoving behind him and other passengers are just passing by him Ben isisolated in the scene At this moment The Sound of Silence isheard And in the naked light I sawTen thousand people maybemorePeople talking without speakingPeople hearing withoutlisteningPeople writing songs that voices never shareAnd no onedaredDisturb the sound of silence Shumway indicates that in thisminimalist visual context the song claims a
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