sábado, 6 de febrero de 2010

Some thoughts after "Revolutionary Road"

How does a man manage to make her wife believe she is insane because she thinks out of the box, because she doesn’t want to live as society tells her to, because she doesn’t understand the rules, because she wanted to save him from his pathetic meaningless life?

How does a woman let a man get into her head to the point she doubts her own sanity?

How does a man manage to blame her wife of his infidelity? Does he really believe it is her fault? He said he did it because of her suggestion of having an abortion of their third and unplanned child. Yet, he didn’t know his wife was pregnant when he was unfaithful to her. He didn’t know about her desire to have an abortion when he was unfaithful again.

Why do we do this to each other? Why can’t just be totally honest? She asked him for the truth: “Do you really want another child?” He was unable to respond with the truth. Instead he accused her of being insane and offered to pay for psychological therapy.

She was trying to be a team. He was trying to be the man. And both of them were doomed to remain living without living because of the decisions he made alone. And what chances did she have back then? What chances do women have now? If it’s not a life, why stay? But, what’s a life? What does it mean to really experience and enjoy life? What is life in fullness?

At the end, as he made his decision alone, she made her decision alone. At the end, she wanted to be free and she risked her life to be it. At the end, she was free but only by her death.

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