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The Ice Storm and Scene and Sensibility Ang Lee Merritt McMullen Ang Lee directed both Ice Storm and Scene and Sensibility these are stories of dysfunction families that have to deal with the variety of problems that occur Even with the known fact that one story takes place in modern day while the other occurs in Elizabethan times there are a number of similarities As characters search for stability long for lust or love and keep their feelings locked inside their downfall soon follows but as they return from silence they will find happiness Mikey seeks stability in his life of chaos and troubles He yearns for this stability because he lacks a secure family lifestyle The Dashwood sisters are much like Mikey in the since that they too yearn for a steady lifestyle with one man They are in a constant search for a husband that would give them the stable life that they long for As for both Mikey and the sisters this stability causes death Mikey is fascinated with molecules and the cleanliness he believed the molecules had stopped when they were frozen Everything being frozen is a symbol of stability but this is an illusion because the ice will soon melt and therefore no longer be stabile Immediately after Mikey sits down and finds his solid base death follows He is completely drawn into the wires and flashing lights these wires portray a snake This snake is a symbol for the temptation for sex within his family so in a since his families obsession for sex kills him The Dashwood sisters yearn for a husband but as they become quite close their loved ones then escape for London As the ice appeared solid so did the two couples love but just as the ice melted so does the love The sisters feel pain and sorrow so much that their hearts in a since almost die In the Ice Storm a
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