Scene Analysis Paper

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When Your Life’s in the Toilet A person is highly influenced by those around them. Everyone always seems to find a niche and stick with the people in that environment, whether it is a good one or not. Danny Boyle’s 1996 film Trainspotting is a story about a man who is trying to quit drugs, specifically heroin, but is stuck with the wrong crowd of people. His mind in constantly in an acid trip and the film shows us what he sees. The scene in the public bathroom in particular stands out and shows the struggles faced by Mark and his need to get clean through a great narrative style, great Mis-en-Scene, and finally sound; all of which carefully reflects what the character is feeling. The scene is set up directly after the opening of the film where the main character, Mark Renton gives a long dialogue and sets out to find one last hit, or drug use, before quitting heroin cold turkey. He is sorely disappointed when his dealer does not give him heroin, but instead sells him opiate suppositories. As he is walking back home, the opiate suppositories have a severe laxative effect and Mark has to run into a public toilet, known as “the worst toilet in Scotland,” to relieve himself. The words “the worst……in Scotland” are non-diegetic; they are not originally on the door. He goes to the bathroom and does his business but then realizes the drugs he put in his rectum had not dissolved and are now in the toilet. His severe need for drugs is shown when he does not hesitate to reach into the toilet to retrieve the drugs, even though they were not the ones he wanted in the first place. He goes into the toilet head first and ends up in a place that seems like an ocean, where he finds the suppositories. He then swims to the surface and leaves the toilet soaking wet and returns home. Mark Renton gives a wonderful narrative about what he thinks he will be using will be like.…...

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