• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does David Lean explore the themes of "passion" and "repression" in Brief Encounter.

Extracts from this document...


Emma Turner Brief Encounter (Dir. David Lean) How does David Lean explore the themes of "passion" and "repression" in Brief Encounter In David Lean's Brief Encounter there are many aspects of the film which explore the issues of passion and repression. In the dictionary I found passion as a "strong sexual desire" and repression as "suppression, restraint; psyc result of mental conflict." Using these definitions I will now investigate some of the ways David Lean portrays these aspects. The history and propaganda of affairs is portrayed well in 1930-1940s doomed love films were a theme of women sacrifice was they main event. This film shows a middle class woman (Laura) who gets tempted by passion and desire Laura knows she's not doing the right thing by staying with Alec. This film primarily shows how married women (even middle class), despite their supposed perfection in life can be tempted by a new love interest. The route that Laura goes by shows that, like her, wives should transgress back to their lives with their husbands and families. Passion and repression is shown well within the some of the settings of the film. Most of Laura's relationship with her affair partner Alec takes place in the train station were they first met. The transience of the train station initiates the idea of this affair being a doomed love for both Alec and Laura because they are always constrained. ...read more.


Also in the passage here the expressive shadows and coldness of them shows that what Alec and Laura are doing is very dark/wrong. This adds intensity to the film. We see Alec and Laura in mainly enclosed environments with dim lighting such as the tea room and the dark passages which shows that their love for each other is dark/wrong and also doomed. In this film one of the focus points is the significance of the train. This can be seen to connote desire and danger by the speed that the train is going. For example when Alec grabs Laura and kisses her in the passage from one train platform to another a train rushes past at that precise moment. This suggests a momentary rush of passion and danger of being caught which intensifies the desire. This is the same for each time they kiss except for once at the end. When they kiss a train always goes past in a rush. On the other hand the last time they kiss at the end the train behind them is departing slowly. From the established motif of the train from this part of the film it shows that the passion for each other is dying and their realisation that the affair should not go on is setting in. ...read more.


Laura's hats would have been seen as ridiculous. This ridiculousness of the hats can parallel to the ridiculousness of her and Alec's relationship; that it is ridiculous to think that it will work out. This could be an able idea to put forward since when we see Laura in the home environment with Fred she does not wear a hat which could indicate that this is the relationship she is supposed to be in. In addition the music that is played on the stereo is Rachmaninov which is a very emotional and turbulent piece which is parallel to Laura even when she shows great restraint. This music shows us that her relationship with Alec and her feelings in her mind are very tense and that she is feeling an intense guilt because she is betraying Fred. In the end Laura regresses to back to Fred still feeling intense guilt. The message in this film is that even through great passion women will always go back to their husbands; into the security of the home. There is a choice in this situation but the ones who go back to their husbands are better off. The message is that they should ignore the feelings of passion and regress back to their security. David Lean uses passion and repression as great themes and through the film shows that a passionate, repressive affair is more trouble than it is worth, and for women, this means going back to the safe haven of their home. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE The Glass Menagerie section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE The Glass Menagerie essays

  1. Important Symbols and Themes of The Glass Menagerie

    For Laura, the fire escape is a way into her own world. A way to escape from reality. Amanda perceives the fire escape as a way for gentlemen callers to enter their lives. She is also trying to escape her own vacant life.

  2. How does Wilkie Collins develop Marian Halcombe compared to Count Fosco in 'The Woman ...

    Fosco's malicious nature is highlighted in Walter's final confrontation with him, when Fosco contemplates murder (602). In Fosco's own narrative, in the form of his confession letter, he appeals to readers with the comedy of his own self-centeredness, and the exaggerated drama of his defeat.

  1. Two books I have chosen to compare are "The Woman in White", by Wilkie ...

    should look, now, to the eyes that are about to see her in these pages?" This is a direct address to the reader and it makes you feel involved with the story as it is addressed to you and seems more personal and more realistic.

  2. The Day My Life Stopped

    joked Laura. After their little talk, Laura and Jason began to feel a little more comfortable with each other, and as they started spending time with each other, they began to get closer. It came to four days before Laura left, and Jason decided to throw her a leaving party.

  1. Global organisation Laura Ashley Holdings plc has suffered differing fortunes since it was founded ...

    These factors may also be interpreted as strategic excellence positions (SEP's) which can be described as the capabilities which allow an organisation to produce better than average results in comparison with competitors (P�mpin, 1987). Thompson (1997) presents a particularly useful model that can be helpful in explaining the success of Laura Ashley up to 1985.

  2. A Phenomenon of Theoretical States: Connecting Crane and Rilke to Tennessee Williams' The Glass ...

    To ignore or de-emphasize Tom�s soliloquies is to miss the most important aspect of the play (86). The message Tennessee Williams delivers, through Tom, is that there is a "mechanism by which art is made out of the material of one�s life" (Menagerie 87).

  1. The Thing.

    He now looked quite scared not knowing what it was going to be, he thought to himself could it be a alien, no it can't be he thought, well what can it be, as he's brain cells began to start thinking She now looked at him, she pointed up and

  2. "Brief Encounter" dealt with the issues of sexuality and desire by using a lot ...

    This is a key point to make as the director David Lean plays off of that feeling and emotion very well in one of the last scenes that Laura and Alec share together before he goes off to South Africa.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work