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Do you agree or disagree with the view expressed about the film My Left Foot in the...

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mohammedelsaka | Student | eNoter

Posted March 4, 2013 at 10:19 PM via web

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Do you agree or disagree with the view expressed about the film My Left Foot in the following quote? Give reasons for your answer, using examples from the film to support your answer.

"He doesn't just portray the ravages of cerebral palsy of his character but the intelligence, humour, courage and love of the man. The main character also is not deemed a saint but allowed to have humanity."

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appletrees | College Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted March 20, 2013 at 1:07 AM (Answer #1)

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It would have been easy to simply portray Christy as a saint: kind, compassionate, smart, funny, charming, and upbeat about his disability. But Daniel Day Lewis portrays this man with complexity and flaws. Christy wants what others want, wants to have a "normal" life, but when he is confronted with his inability to have them he can get angry and frustrated. Despite his intelligence, his emotional maturity is far from evolved. He becomes infatuated with his teacher (played by Fiona Shaw) and when his crush becomes evident at dinner one night, she reveals that she is engaged to be married. Christy is shocked and hurt, and proceeds to get drunk and acts rude and obnoxious.

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