The Departed Essay

The Departed Essay - Meredith Thomas December 3, 2008 Final...

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Meredith Thomas December 3, 2008 Final Draft The Departed In Martin Scorsese’s film The Departed (2006), the characters find themselves in a tangled web of lies and deceit. After it seems William Costigan’s cover is blown, Frank brings him into questioning and tries to reveal his identity. William Costigan’s fear of his life begins to take its toll on him. Costello’s fear is in the form of paranoia of an infiltration in his unit. This scene reveals two different forms of fear that will lead to the demise for the characters. As Costigan struggles to manage his double-life, his fears of his cover being blown begin to show in this scene. The gestures and facial expressions that Costigan, played by Leonardo Dicaprio, uses in this scene reveal his panic and anxiety he has. His jumpy behavior at every word and movement by Costello displays the sheer fear that is also apparent in his eyes. Before and after each answer to Frank Costello’s questions, Bill takes a deep breath and swallows. These details allow the audience to connect to Costigan’s character and share his anxiety. Costigan knows that in order to sell his identity as a truthful member of Costello’s crew, he has
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