The report entails the interplay between two strong characters from a well renowned movie to highlight the character development, plot and the interpersonal relations between them. The movie selected is 2015’s The Room directed by Lenny Abrahamson who wisely portrays the personalities of different individuals in a specific situation to understand the perceptions of society and their influence on lives of people (Abrahamson, 2016, p. 39). The movie clearly depicts a horrified situation that a kidnapped teen and her born child (Joe and Jack) face with the struggle of confining in an impenetrable closed space. The plot is psychologically draining with the struggle the characters encounter for a good period of their lives (Botha, 2016, p. 72). However, despite the movie being violent and psychotic manages to use negligible swearing. The report focuses on providing a deep insight on the two contradictory characters to understand the behaviour of an individual in different situations. The report further will use multifaceted aspects to highlight the similarities and differences in the characters for better comprehension of the characters and the plot.
As stated by Ramakrishna et al. (2017, p. 1670), characters are the driving aspects of the story as they clearly highlight the plot and influence the viewers to a great extent both on political, cultural and social aspects. In order for the viewers to obtain a sense of correct and incorrect response, building emotional connections, amplifying imaginative properties and solely entertaining oneself, characters play a pivotal role (Steffens, 2020, p. 10). It needs to be mentioned in this regard that producers spend a fortune in hiring best actors for the suitable roles, since characters have the power to keep the audience intrigued in a play (Hamenstädt, 2019, p. 10). With the plot being strong, it is essential to choose characters that do not overshadow the plot and ruin the enigma of the play. It is important to understand that the viewers are majorly influenced and curious about the characters’ nature (character development), and their similarity in perceptions with the characters of the movie (interpersonal relations) (Berscheid & Regan, 2016). That is to say those characters are essential aspects of a play and have the power to beautify the plot.
Significance of the plot
The plot is a predominant attribute in a movie as it holds the viewers with the twists and feel of the play (KANEMATSU et al. 2019, p. 38). Having emotional and depressive plots with enigmatic turn keeps the audience feeling connected with the play till the end to see the climax of the story is unrevealed. Moreover, having turns in the movie not only breaks the monotony of the play but modifies the characteristic and behavioural changes and response of the movie characters (Haddad, 2016, p. 47). Characters are built with the twists in the plots that bring about the unexpected reactions of the characters in a specific situation. The movie, Room takes us into the world of trauma and terror and
Joy: character, relations, plot
“Well I wasn't always in a room. I’m like Alice.” (Joy, The Room)
Joy is a protagonist and terrified character played by Brie Larson who is overwhelmed with the post effects of her trauma evaluating the options she had when she was being kidnapped. The character is seen to be angry with the present condition she faces yet depicts a caring, loving a protective attitude towards her rape born child. The character has been kidnapped and captivated in the garden shed of a lunatic who molests her every night depicting a traumatic, angry and frustrated life that Joy lives with. She evaluates her decision of following her mother’s word to be nice which eventually led to her kidnapping (Flynn & Tracy, 2017, p. 258). She is also frustrated in her father to not have searched for her all these years.
Despite all the disheartening, Joy is seen to make effort into building a magical world for his son, Jack. She is viewed as a considerate mother who tries to provide all sorts of comfort for her little one depicting a sense of love despite all the trauma and terror she has been going through. She is seen to compare herself with the fairy-tale character, Alice, who fell in an unknown hole and evaluated her choices. The only difference she persists is that Alice had a way out, and she does not. Further, it has been observed as to how the character tries to escape the thought of her trauma and feel happy with his son teaching him exercises to keep him healthy and discipline his life with one hour of access to TV (Abrahamson, 2016, p. 39).
She is also seen to provide him with toys made out of eggshells and cereal bowls. The interesting thing that is observed in the movie is that despite teaching his son to be intelligent, she refrains from using any articles. This clearly implies to the fact that she is pessimistic about their captivity to be ended or to have any hope for escape. Joy is seen to have the personality characteristics as resilient, creative, and loving yet bitter sometimes. The character portrays a mixed personality of the captivated teen who deeply resents her current situation but forgets the resentment when providing for her son and wishing for his best life. Joy is seen to be fiercely protective of her son, Jack when the captivator, Old Nick arrives at night (Abrahamson, 2016, p. 39). Despite losing hope for escape, Joy later tries to use the curiosity of her child and his immature heroic attitude to help them escape from the room. Joy, the other character gives her a new life free from captivity and despair and a moment to reunite with her family.
Jack: character, relations, plot
“Through skylight. You were all sad till I happened in your tummy.” “Nothing makes ma scared except Old Nick maybe.” (Jack, The Room)
Jack is the eminent and idiosyncratic narrator and adherent and one of the two protagonists of the movie. Played by Jacob Tremblay, is a five year old male who has lived his life within a confined impenetrable garden shed of 12 by 12 dimensions (Abrahamson, 2016, p. 39). He is a character born in captivity and molestation. Jack as any other child considers this room as his whole world without willing to accept any existence outside the confined shed. He is literate and has been taught by his mother, Joy. Jack is seen to be happy and joyful accepting of the kidnapper to be a good person who feeds them, supplies medication and brings Jack toys to play with. Jack is ignorant of the situation he and his mother are put in as he accepts the room as his whole world (Haddad, 2016, p. 47).
Jack is seen to be uncannily mature with his intriguing interest in stories and TV programs. With the obsession with the stories and devoted yet complicated lover for his mother, Joe suggests an intriguing and highly complex character that he plays.
The character gradually develops from an unaware child to a fully curious and evaluating mind who forces himself to get his mother’s attention and starts countering the situation. Jack is seen to grow from a fearful child who hid in the closet when Old Nick arrived to a fearful one who wants to know about the cause of discomfort for her mother (Abrahamson, 2016, p. 39). Referring to the character from the movie it is observed as to how ignorant yet curious the 5 year old is. The boy is well aware of the fear that his mother has for Old Nick yet does not understand why.
Despite Jack showing a sense of fearless and mature character by the time of his upcoming birthday, and promises to fulfil his mother’s wish is seen to get frightened and traumatized accepting that there is a world beyond the four walls of the room that they live in. Despite the escape from imprisonment, the child is seen to be troubled, accepting a huge crowd of people who seem to be the world (Flynn & Tracy, 2017, p. 258). He fails to understand his mother being a daughter of someone and does not feel comfortable in living in a well spaced house. This depicts as to how Jack being born and spent his five years of life in the room considers the garden shed to be the actual world depicting the innocence and belongingness for the personal attention he used to get from his mother. This therefore signifies the stubbornness people have when they are forced to come out of their comfort zone all of a sudden.
The report has effectively made use of language, dialogues and visuals to get a better understanding of the characters, the plot, theme and the interpersonal relations in The Room. Both the characters Jack and Joy are considered as protagonists and strong in their own way. Initially falling victim to the captivity and the fear of getting separated from one another, the characters are seen to eventually moulding the plot to reflect their desires and true feelings which shows a transition in their situation through the escape plan. Joy and Jack are seen to be free and self-headed when once they were denied freedom and traumatised for essentials.