ERIC Number: EJ940184
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 3
Rumpelstiltskin: The Pains of Early Retirement in "The Human Stain," "The Station Agent," and "Bad Santa"
Multicultural Perspectives, v6 n3 p24-26 2004
Far too many Americans and people in other societies face the pain of losing work, so that deprivation is not a rare event. But sometimes, and especially in a popular culture, it is not the job that is lost, but the promise that the job and the one who performed it would be valued. The calamity is to be good at one's trade and to find that it means nothing. When one's dignity is taken away, it is an additional cruelty to find that a life of work makes no difference. Three very different movies of the past year are in some respects the same. "The Human Stain", "The Station Agent", and "Bad Santa" have stirred up interest and controversy for apparently different reasons. In this article, the author discusses the pains of early retirement in the three movies. He stresses that the stories in the movies have a formal resemblance that reveals a common sensibility about problems of social inequality and individual change. This sensibility is especially poignant in a time when work has become insecure.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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