Wes Anderson Symbolism

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Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited follows the journey of three brothers – Frances, Peter, and Jack – as they travel across India, hoping to bond after the death of their father. At the end of the film, after finding their mother in a convent in the foothills of the Himalayas, the brothers leave India having come to terms with their father’s death. Anderson’s film is saturated with Buddhist themes of acceptance, as well as a self-deprecating irony. His meticulously crafted scenes rife with symbols, and his use of score, juxtaposition, and parallelism urge the audience to learn to let go. At the convent, the three brothers and their mother sit in a circle silently facing one another. The parallelism in the composition of the actors indicates a shared feeling of loss among the characters. The camera focuses on one character at a time, panning between each of their faces. Anderson places each face in the middle of the frame with the actors…show more content…
As the characters stare at one another, Play With Fire by the Rolling Stones plays in the background. In the song, the Rolling Stones sing, “don’t play with me, cause you’re playing with fire” (1:17:53-1:18). The line gives insight into the characters’ feelings. Expressing sadness requires more vulnerability than other emotions, and Francis, Peter, and Jack all fear vulnerability. They are characters that actively seek control as a way to protect themselves, and these lyrics express the rarity of this kind of raw emotion between the brothers. The importance of the moment increases the catharsis the audience experiences. Yet, it is not enough. In spite of the song’s strident words, the melody is soft and relaxing, thus this contrast reinforces the contained way that the characters express their emotions. The viewer is left with a taste of release so that they long for the brothers to accept the absurdity of the

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