Dustin Hoffman plays a young man by the name of Ben.He isfirst introduced to the audience in a plane during the credits.While the credits are rolling, Simon and Garfunkels' "Sounds of Silence" was playing.He is standing on a conveyer belt in the airport as the opening continues.During that time it seems that everyone else in the background is moving faster than he is.You can tell that he is thinking about something, but we cannot tell what.He has a sort of emotionless face indicating a certain sense of confusion and chaos in his life.Perhaps the song, "Sounds of Silence" had a bearing on his state of confusion.What is revealed about him is that he is indeed worried about his future.That he wants to do something different.For example, during the party he was trying to get out but people just kept on coming up to him wanting answers.That is how he feels his life is like.He keeps on talking but no one seems to listen and just pushes him to do somethin!
g he does not want to do.
Point-of-view is employed in this film.In the scuba diver scene, Ben is forced to put on a scuba suit for his 21st birthday.During his walk to the pool, the audience is taken to the point-of –view if Ben with the mask on.He does not hear any thing but himself.He just sees that he is going deeper and deeper into something he does not want to do.
This film definitely focuses more on his characterization than the plot.The whole movie is about Ben and how he changed throughout the movie depending on the issues he was confronted with.The plot jumps all over the place as the movie goes on.I t goes from Mrs. Robinson, to Elaine Robinson, to a race against time. The film stresses more on Ben's actions, thoughts and physical attributes than anything else, for instance, Ben's nervousness with Mrs. Robinson in the house and at the hotel.Ben&…