Four decades ago, a sexual relationship between the two would make the To make matters more complex, the daughter of Mrs. Robinson, Elaine, Ben is supposed to go to graduate school, and later marry a nice young. The film is full of iconic images – Mrs. Robinson's garter-clad gam, Benjamin adrift in his parents' pool (in this film, no visual metaphor is left. I think Mrs Robinson tries to stop Benjamin dating her daughter because Watched The Graduate for the first time from start to finish yesterday and I . It made perfect sense - the close relationship of the families since before.
Angela Lansbury also asked about playing the part. Ava Gardner sought the role of Mrs. Robinson, and reportedly called Nichols saying,"I want to see you! I want to talk about this Graduate thing! She said, 'All right, let's talk about your movie.
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Robinson, but also that of Elaine. For the character of Elaine, casting was also an issue. Patty Duke turned down the part as she did not want to work at the time. Faye Dunaway was also considered for Elaine, but had to turn it down, in favor of Bonnie and Clyde. Sally Field and Shirley MacLaine refused the role as well.
Raquel Welch and Joan Collins both wanted the role, but did not succeed in getting it. Carroll Baker tested, but was said to have been too old to portray Anne Bancroft's daughter.
When Dustin Hoffman auditioned for the role of Benjamin, he was asked to perform a love scene with Ross. Hoffman had never done one during his acting classes and believed that, as he said later, "a girl like [Ross] would never go for a guy like me in a million years. This is going to be a disaster. Levine later admitted that he at first believed that Hoffman "was one of the messenger boys.
It was kind of veiled anti-Semitism I was called 'big-nosed' in the reviews, 'a nasal voice'. Beatty turned the film down as he was occupied with Bonnie and Clyde. Redford tested for the part of Benjamin with Candice Bergen as Elainebut Nichols thought Redford did not possess the underdog quality Benjamin needed.
Robinson, Gene Hackman was originally cast, but just before filming began, the director decided he was too young and decided to replace him. Susan Hayward was the first choice for Benjamin's mother, Mrs. Braddock, but the role was given to Elizabeth Wilson. And to play Mr. Benjamin Braddock says, "I will be 21 next week"; at the time of filming, Dustin Hoffman was William Daniels, who plays Hoffman's father, was, at 39, only 10 years older than Hoffman. Robinson states, "Benjamin, I am twice your age.
Robinson's daughter Elaine is 19 and was portrayed by Katharine Ross, who was 27 at the time. Main Character Thematic Conflict Commitment vs. Robinson asks him to drive her home, Ben does everything he can to avoid it.
He runs from Mrs. Robinson when she offers herself to him, and spends most of his summer avoiding having to deal with his life. He tries desperately to avoid having to go on a date with Elaine, until he decides that he has no choice. He has finally found a future worthy of commitment.
Ben pursues her all the way to Santa Barbara, where he rescues Elaine from her family and her new husband. The idea that his future is assured. Everyone seems to have so much faith in him, but Ben himself has to wonder if it is warranted. Robinson threatens to tell Elaine everything if Ben sees her again, he refuses to accept that threat and runs to tell her himself.
Rationalization Main Character Unique Ability Ben is very good at rationalizing his actions and feelings. Braddock asks what Ben does at night, Ben tells her he just drives around. He comes up with an elaborate ruse to prevent the hotel clerk from discovering his actual situation.
If he would just keep fabricating excuses for his behavior like everyone else seems to dohe would probably achieve the goal that has been set out for him. Attitude Main Character Critical Flaw Unfortunately for Ben, his demeanor undermines his unique ability to achieve the goal. In an attempt to prevent another date with Elaine, Ben puts on a disinterested, downright rude air, which backfires.
When he comes up with the idea of marrying Elaine, his entire future becomes clear. And so he sets off to marry Elaine.
Yet while everything he has done has made his parents proud, Ben finds himself struggling with the fact that he has no idea what is his purpose in life.
Played by Dustin Hoffman in the film. Main Character Throughline Synopsis Ben has spent his entire life playing the role of the ideal son—doing what is expected of him. When he arrives home from college, however, he is concerned about his future. Robinson propositions him, Ben is at first appalled, but is soon drawn to the idea of an affair with her.
He tries to make it as painful for her as possible, in the hopes that she will never want to see him again. When he sees how he has hurt Elaine through his insensitivity, he apologizes, and realizes that he is in love with her.
Robinson flatly refuses to allow him to see Elaine again, Ben tells her everything. Elaine makes him leave, but Ben discovers that he finally has a purpose—something he can commit himself to.
He intends to marry Elaine. Main Character Backstory Ben comes from a wealthy background—an ideal student and son. Somewhere along the way, however, Ben grew disillusioned, and started to find that everything he had worked for in his life was completely without purpose or meaning.
Robinson is interested in little more than getting Ben into bed. She just wants to shut up and do it. That is until Ben makes the mistake of dating Mrs. She then puts her entire being into preventing them from getting together, by any means necessary.
Robinson seems only interested in getting Ben into bed. When Ben suggests seeing Elaine, Mrs. Robinson makes it very clear that Ben may not have Elaine, ever. When he challenges her, Mrs. Robinson takes Elaine from school, to ensure that he never sees her again. Robinson seems to do what she does for purely selfish reasons.
Robinson in the bar from the phone booth outside.
Robinson cuts him off and says he should tell her the room number. Robinson, she impresses upon him that he must never ever see Elaine. Ben interprets this behavior as Mrs. Robinson trying to protect Elaine. Robinson struggles between doing what is best for herself and doing what is best for others. Robinson directly detracts from his efforts for her own purposes.
When Ben suggests that he see Elaine and in fact doesMrs. Robinson is driven to stand directly in his way, determined to thwart him by any means necessary. It is implied that Mrs.
She needs a ride home. She needs him to stay until Mr. She needs him to unzip her dress, get her purse, get the hotel room, get a coat hanger, etc. Robinson takes this as a direct threat. She insists that Ben not talk about or see Elaine under any circumstances.
Oppose Influence Character Response Mrs. She informs Ben that she will tell Elaine everything if he continues pursuing her. Standing in front of the door naked, impressing the image of her body on his brain goes a long way toward compelling Ben to set aside all thoughts of his future. Robinson attempts to make Ben swear that he will not see Elaine ever again. In fact she insists on his accepting this rather one-sided agreement.
Unfortunately for her, Ben is in a stage of personal development where his knee-jerk reaction is to rebel against any edict. Robinson had perhaps asked Ben to stop seeing Elaine, for all the obvious reasons, she might well have been successful.
But because she demands it without explanation, he refuses to agree. When he shows up at the Robinson house to take Elaine out on a second date, Mrs. Robinson makes absolutely sure that Ben understand exactly how strongly she feels about his dating Elaine. Played by Anne Bancroft in the film. Robinson propositions him, informing him that she is available to him at anytime.
Though at first he is appalled at the idea, he eventually comes around. Robinson has no interest in chit chat, she merely sees the relationship as a form of physical release. When Ben pries into her past, she resists, and though the memories were perhaps painful once, she is now merely numb to them.
It is only when Ben brings up the subject of Elaine that Mrs. Robinson kicks into gear. When Ben disregards her edict, she vows to prevent him from seeing Elaine ever again.
When Ben accepts the challenge, Mrs. Robinson is true to her word, and does everything she can to destroy him. Influence Character Backstory Mrs. Robinson while she was still in college an art majorbecause a one night fling in the back of a Ford resulted in the birth of Elaine.
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She put aside whatever aspirations and dreams she may have had and dealt with her life in the best way she knew how, through alcohol and extramarital affairs.
Robinson is in their fixed attitudes. Both Ben and Mrs. Robinson are extremely stubborn individuals, and when they are not agreeing to disagree, they are involved in a battle of wills. For example, while Ben is determined to be left alone at his welcome home party, Mrs. Robinson is just as determined to get him home with her; when Ben wants to talk for a change, Mrs.
Robinson is just as determined not to talk; while Mrs.
Robinson insists that Ben not see Elaine, Ben is even more determined to disregard her edict and pursue Elaine. Robinson and Ben are deeply driven people. What they disagree about are not surface issues, but deeply rooted drives and desires.
Their relationship is certainly sexual, but goes to the much deeper issues of feeling unloved and having or not having a purpose in life.
Robinson is judged by their aspirations and levels of optimism. For the most part, Mrs. Robinson is very confident that she will get her way in all things regarding Ben. It is clear from the moment she arrives in his bedroom, that she fully intends and expects to have an affair with Ben. She fully expects him to heed her decree that Ben not ever see Elaine.
Even when Ben arrives at their house after Elaine has been pulled from school to marry Carl, Mrs.
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Robinson is absolutely confident that there is nothing Ben can do about it. When Ben talks to Mrs. Robinson, he learns that she was an art major, but became pregnant with Elaine and left her dreams behind. Ben at first has no particular aspirations, but when he goes on his date with Elaine, he realizes that he is in love with her. His relationship with Mrs. Robinson, however, makes any hope for a long term relationship with Elaine little more than a pipe dream.
Relationship Story Thematic Conflict Hope vs. The final judgment seems to encourage holding onto dreams. Robinson home from his party. When Ben tries to elicit a conversation from Mrs. Robinson, she avoids answering any of his questions, which frustrates him. Robinson tries to prevent Ben from seeing Elaine, and even tries to make him steer clear of talking about her.
Robinson and takes active steps to pursue her calling her from the hotelthey are in accord. There is no conflict between them.
All that is specifically required is that Ben not pursue Elaine. If he would simply not go after her, as Mrs. Robinson decrees, the relationship between them would continue along just as it has been at least until the day that Ben ultimately decides to go on to graduate school or into business.
Robinson is just in it for the sex. Ben is prone to giving much consideration to the whys and wherefores of their relationship, wanting to know for instance, how she gets out of the house every night and what she says to Mr. Robinson tells Ben not to talk about Elaine, he questions her motivations and wants to understand why she insists upon decree. By the time their conversation is over, they both realize that some issues are better left alone.
Although at first Ben seems shocked by the idea of an affair with Mrs.
Robinson, he later reconsiders and agrees to meet her at the Taft Hotel. When Ben half-jokingly suggests asking Elaine out, Mrs. Robinson makes him immediately reconsider that thought. When Ben actually takes Elaine on a date and makes plans for another, Mrs. Robinson shows up in the rain to demand that Ben reconsider his actions. Closure Relationship Story Catalyst Acts of resolution are what acts to move the subjective story forward.
Robinson announces to Ben she is available, he runs off, due in part to the arrival of Mr. But the question is left hanging—until he addresses it, there will be no rest between them.
He calls her from the Taft Hotel, and takes her up on her offer.