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Dec. 6th, 2008

The Shape of Things (movie and play)

In the movie "The Shape of Things," it followed the play almost perfectly. Through the scenes it was easier to get a feel for what Neil Labute had expected his audience to imagine. The movie brought the script to life. The final scene of the work was the most intense. It intertwined all the ideas of truth, subjectivity, and art. The idea of things being hidden, secrets being kept, was brought back to the surface through Evelyn's public humiliation of Adam. Seeing this scene acted out brought it into a much deeper sense of reality. Evelyn's art was a human sculpture in which she had changed his shape. "...my systematic makeover, or ''sculpting'' if you will, of my two very pliable materials of choice: the human flesh and the human will"(76). Through the art of manipulation, Evelyn changed Adam with no feelings of love or caring, but rather with the idea of her grade in mind. Earlier on in the play she made mention of being a very straightforward person, but in reality she had been lying to Adam all along. Subjectivity plays a large part in this scene through the actions of the audience. After she displays her artwork not a single person from the audience goes to the gallery afterward except for Adam. "ADAM: ...but do me a favor, don't fool yourself and think that this is "art." 'kay? It's a sick fucking joke, but it is not "art.""(85). Subjectivity gives them the opportunity to both display different opinions on whether what she did was okay or not. Evelyn honestly feels as if she did not do anything wrong and Adam was a great work of art. Another thing that was subjective all along was there entire relationship. For Adam it was true and it was real. He fell in love with Evelyn and he cared about her. For Evelyn on the other hand it was just "sittings," not real dates(77). Adam was her project not her boyfriend. They each had different views on their relationship and to themselves those views were the truth because it was subjective.