The graduate - Adam Hosey Question 3 Comm 150H May 4th,...

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Adam Hosey Question 3 Comm 150H May 4 th , 2006 Free Love and the Sixties Although I did not grow up in the sixties, it looked as if it was an incredible place to be an adolescent. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll was the motto and rebellion was commonplace. I get this picture of the sixties from the films from, and about the era. While Hollywood portrays events and people the way they want to, there is some truth behind every picture about the era. From Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous,” where a fifteen year-old boy gets to write for Rolling Stone while touring with one of the premier bands of the time, to a movie like “The Graduate,” where Dustin Hoffman gets to have sex with the sultry Mrs. Robinson, then ends up marrying her daughter. From what I’ve seen in the portrayals of the sixties, it seems like it was the closest thing to a utopia that America has ever come to. “The Graduate” is reflective of the care-free, pseudo-utopian feel of the sixties, but at the same time it is a timeless classic about love and hope, a testament to the doctrine of free love that was sweeping the country. The young and dashing Benjamin Braddock is quickly becoming one of my on-screen heroes. While watching the film again, I frequently said to myself: “That guy is the man.” While I know that this was not commonplace, the general idea that I have of guys from the sixties is one who does no work, drinks a lot, and gets whatever he wants, including women. Fresh out of a very successful college career, Braddock has the world at his feet. Hoffman was surprisingly well built in his younger years, this can be seen when he is getting out of the pool. It is no wonder that Mrs. Robinson seduced him. The relationship between Mrs. Robinson and her
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husband, compared with Braddock and Elaine is a prime example of the generation gap. Braddock’s relationship with Elaine is true love—so much that it broke up a wedding at the
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course COMM 150H taught by Professor Lynn-elliot,jamie during the Spring '06 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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