Interpretation Paper

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Tara Larkin Interpretation Paper September 24, 2007 Mystic River Guilt, pride and vengeance are only some of the emotions Clint Eastwood’s characters in Mystic River appear to be conveying, but to me, this film is about hope and serenity. This 2003 film starring Sean Penn (Jimmy), Tim Robbins (Dave) and Kevin Bacon (Sean) tells the story of three eleven-year-old boys who were split up because of a childhood tragedy. Years later, Jimmy’s 19 year old daughter is murdered, Sean is the detective and Dave is a suspect in the murder. While this appears to be a sinisterly dark film, I believe Mystic River offers relief and to a certain extent, hope. Mystic River is a tragedy that greatly deals with guilt and vengeance, very similar to The Bacchae. The dramatization of Agave’s guilt and sorrow in The Bacchae after she kills her son is tremendous. Agave piecing back together her son exhibits the same emotions Jimmy was feeling when he had to identify his daughters body. Kadmos felt guilty as well for making light of the situation while Jimmy and Sean felt guilty that Dave
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