The Graduate (1967) Poster


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  • Yes. The Graduate (1963) was written by American author Charles Webb shortly after he graduated from Williams College.

  • Those who have both seen the movie and read the novel say that the movie closely follows the novel, sometimes almost verbatim. One difference that has been noted is that the Ben of the novel is a stronger and more forceful character than Ben as portrayed by Dustin Hoffman.

  • It's open to each viewer's own interpretation, but the most obvious reason is that she thinks Ben, her lover, isn't good enough for Elaine, i.e., she doesn't want her daughter to marry a man who sleeps with married women. Some viewers have suggested that she was jealous and wanted Ben all to herself. If that's the case, it would be out of selfishness. A third explanation is that she did not want her daughter to take away from her life "again". Since she was forced to marry a man she did not love because she was with his child and, thus, ruined her life in her eyes, that same child should not take away her lover and one of the last things she enjoys in life.

  • She said this when her mother said "It's too late". Elaine saw right through her: a bitter middle aged woman that married someone she didn't love. Elaine said that because she wasn't going to let history repeat itself by being manipulated by her parents into marrying someone she didn't love.

  • First of all, it's important to notice that it was improvised. After they've escaped, Ben and Elaine are thrilled. But their smiles begin to fade. This is because now they're thinking things rationally (they spend a lot of the movie acting by emotions). They realize that this is the real world, and that their actions will have consequences. They can't just escape the world they're living in. Ben still doesn't know what to do with his life. And what will he say to his parents (his affair with Mrs. Robinson will most likely be revealed)? This doesn't mean they'll break-up, though.

  • After Ben tells his version of the story, Elaine screams. They never talk about it. This is a sign that A) She knew it was a lie but chose to believe it because it was easier to make him the bad guy. B) She made it up as a way to deal with it mentally. But it becomes clear that the latter is true when Mr. Robinson finds out about the affair. He says he's not sure about whether he can get Ben arrested, in relation on keeping him away from Elaine. If Mrs. Robinson had decided to lie and blame Ben, she would've told her husband and not just her daughter.


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