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Mckenzie 1 Candace Mckenzie Mrs. Jenkins ENG 1123 RYAN+ HR 28 March 2018 The Dragon Lady In the film Red Dragon, why is the character, Francis Dolarhyde, yelling at a painting? For most horror movies, the portrayal of mentally ill characters is an important theme. For instance, bipolar disorder is a mental illness that is frequently portrayed in several horror films. Mayo clinic defines bipolar disorder as “a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs… and lows” (par.1). In the film, Misery, Annie Wilkes holds Paul Sheldon, her pet writer, captive and forces him to write a new novel based on her standards. Annie Wilkes, from Misery , is a prime example of a person with bipolar disorder, and director, Rob Reiner, further emphasizes the disorder through several film devices and techniques. One characteristic of bipolar disorder is mood swings. According to Ferrara, mood swings are “periods of extremely elevated mood and boundless energy that are followed by periods of depression” (212). Fundukian claims that “mood swings associated with bipolar disorder are unpredictable...” (207). This means that mood swings are extremely volatile, and they can occur at any moment. One of Annie’s mood swings she experiences is in the scene where she lashes out at Paul for the profanity in his manuscript, Fast Cars. In the scene, Annie started off calmly talking to Paul, but she immediately became enraged when he said everybody uses profanity. She ranted so hard about Paul’s causal stereotype that she spilled soup on his bedcover. In the book, Misery, Annie says, “ ‘And then do I go down the street to the bank and say to Mrs. Bollinger, Here’s one big bastard of a check and you better give me fifty effing dollars just as effing quick as you can?’ ” (King 29). Annie’s mood drastically changed from calm to irate
Mckenzie 2 because she felt like Paul was generalizing her, and she believes she is a morally upstanding person. Overall, Annie’s mood swings help illustrate her bipolar disorder. The film devices and techniques in the scene where Annie spills soup on Paul’s bed in a fit of rage help to further emphasize bipolar disorder. One film device used to highlight Annie’s mood swings is a high angle shot. A shot that is made with the camera above and implies a sense of superiority to the subject being photographed (Gocsik et al. 223). This device shows how domineering and scary Annie is when she has her mood swings. Also, the high angle shot shows Annie’s irrational state of mind as she

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