The Servant tells the story of an intriguer and manipulating butler who achieves to domain his boss’ life, taking advantage of his sexual weakness. It is considered a psychological drama as thereare many controversial themes treated in this story and making reference to one of its scenes, they are going to be explained. This essay will, however, consider a further reading based on closeanalysis of the ‘Dinner with Susan’ scene. There is evidence in this scene to suggest that Barrett wants to get something from Tony and he is always intervening between Tony and Susan.
The ‘Dinner withSusan’ scene sees Susan meeting Barrett for the first time at Tony’s new house and since this moment we observe that Susan does not accept Barrett for the way she treats him and that Barrett has somesecret intentions regarding Tony. In the first shot, we see a long shot of the building, while it is snowing and the place is dark and quiet. In the second shot, from a low angle of framing a car arrivesand parks. At this moment there is no more snow, so snow symbolizes the situation of Barrett before his boss arrived; snow means tranquility and no snow, no more tranquility. Tony and Susan ring thebell. In the third shot Barrett opens the door and Tony and Susan enter the building. With a close-up shot, Tony introduces Barrett to Susan and he asks her if she wants to take out her coat but shedoes not want to, a sign of distrust towards Barrett. Every time that the three characters appear together, Barrett is going to be in the middle, and this symbolizes that Barrett is trying to destroytheir relationship.
Tony and Susan go to the dining room, Susan expresses her opinion about the room and has a little talk with Barrett but it seems that she does not want to speak with him. When theyare trying to relax and have a nice time Barrett appears as a reflection in the mirror and interrupts them by bringing some drinks, standing in the middle again. Then, while Barrett prepares the...
Leer documento completo
Regístrate para leer el documento completo.