Mauriel�s Wedding : Character Analysis Of Muel's Wedding

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Muriel’s Wedding Desperate for acceptance and a loving husband, Muriel Heslop (Toni Collette) armed with $12,000 stolen from her lifeless family embarks on a life-altering journey. Together, with her new-found friend, Rhonda Epinstalk (Rachel Griffiths) Muriel endures the ups and downs of being the opposite of a feminine, popular woman. Porpoise Spit—a small Australian suburban town near the sea that is built upon 90s stereotypes. The typical supressed housewife, the strong, independent husband and their children that are prime examples of stereotypical lazy, Australian bogans. The Heslops have lived there their whole lives, remaining stationary and unremarkable in every way. Muriel, the only Heslop to seem to have a goal for life of any kind becomes fed up with her situation. She sees the opportunity to escape and takes it, stealing all the family’s money by tricking her mother into writing her a blank cheque. She immediately goes on a holiday to Hibiscus Island where she meets Rhonda—a headstrong, vulgar, fun-loving woman who she went to high school with. The two of them takes matters into their own hands, moving to Sydney—the “City of Brides”—and vowing to never go back to Porpoise Spit. Muriel is shown as a large, messy-haired outcast. This is made clear in various scenes, including the opening scene. As Muriel catches the wedding bouquet the audience can see that she stands out form the scenery and people there, marking her as the reject. All she wants is acceptance—she will go to any means to achieve her goal of being part of the popular group—but she values marriage over everything else. She believes that to be successful and a “new person” she must be wed to someone, even if she doesn’t love them or even know them. On ... ... middle of paper ... ...creasingly infuriating that the audience has to continue watching her make bad decisions. They are positioned to be irritated by her behaviour and personality throughout the film. Her over-enthusiastic smile, annoying laugh and unruly clothing all contribute to this negative view of her. Towards the end of the film, Muriel takes tells her unloving husband, David Van Arkle, that she is tired of lying and she needs to leave him. She removes her wedding ring from her finger and places it on the end table. This act symbolises that Muriel is letting go of her old beliefs of what success was and is becoming a new person, without having to be married. Muriel’s Wedding is a movie about self-discovery and learning from mistakes. Although the film is melancholic in places, it is hilarious in others and provides the audience with an intriguing and enjoyable viewing experience.

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