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The Love for the Irresponsible World Usually, when we think of love, we think of the commitment to a responsible lifestyle upon which love can grow steadily. However, Wood, in his essay “The Lure of Responsibility” mentioned that humans are inherently attracted to “amoral and irresponsible [behaviors]” (Wood, 70), explaining why so many characters in Hawke’s films inevitably fall in love with the heroine/hero embodying the spirit of irresponsibility (the screwball spirit). In the films, the hero/heroine often leads his/her person of interest “from the constricting routines of modern society” (Wood, 77) towards the hero/heroine’s vision of love through irresponsible behaviors, involving the creation of farcial situation to lead the person away from another potential romantic partner embodying the “accepted social values” (Wood, 77). Initially, the person tries to resist against his/her own screwball spirit to follow the hero/heroine into a spontaneous and exciting world, creating much conflict. But after taking a respite from the trudging world, the person awakens his own screwball spirit unlocked by the hero/heroine’s irresponsible behaviors, and discovers his/her love for the irresponsible lifestyle that he/she have always internally craved for, essentially surrendering to the “lure of irresponsibility”. In the movie Bringing Up Baby, Susan, knowing that David is soon getting married to Alice, creates all sorts of absurd spectacles, involving “ruining a golf game, bringing disaster
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