Good Will Hunting Essay

774 Words Nov 19th, 2005 4 Pages
Nick Tisdale
Heather Julien
English 101[16]
March 29, 2005

Good Will Hunting

The movie Good Will Hunting shows a dramatic relationship between a teacher and student and also relationship's between fellow teachers. The film helps you grow with the characters in order to anticipate and acknowledge the ways in which they interact with one another. It also incorporated the way that egos develop and arise due to relationships and how they can interact with the daily lives of people.
The teacher – teacher relationship between Dr. Sean Maguire (played by Robin Williams) and Professor Gerald Lambeau (played by Stellen Skarsgard) is an old friendship that has picked up after a long separation. Being former college roommates and both
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Sean Maguire (played by Robin Williams). What is unique about this relationship is the found in the cliché ‘right man for the job'. In order to get Will help, Dr. Lambeau searched through nearly 6 physiologists before he found Sean. The reason Sean could help Will was because of his background. They were from the same upbringing and type of environment. This helped with one of the main problems with doctor – patient advice which is ‘you don't know how I feel, because you haven't been there.'
In this case Sean had walked in his shoes and knew his background. This is where Sean could succeed where others failed which was to gain the trust from Will and let Will open up to him. On the topic of trust, in another viewer's response, she writes:

"It really shoots a hole, so to say, in the stereotypical theory that if you just forget it, it will "go away." It also proves once and again, that the person feeling the pain has to be the one to be ready to deal with it, and how they keep people at a certain distance to avoid exposure."2

Another intriguing characteristic of the relationship between Will and Sean was the way in which they both helped each other. In order to do this it took commitment on both of their parts to reap any benefits from one another. First both were stubborn in their childlike ways, with Sean refusing to think about remarriage or moving on with his life, and Will by not pursing his

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