hadn't died? He died contently, not extremely painfully, - but brutally- which he ensures later in his narration by saying that he can hardly to stay mad when there's so much beauty in the world. Jane seems to be shocked commenting Oh my God and does not move while Ricky approaches the puddle of blood somehow sneering contently. To be more detailed, I mixed the concise plot summary above together with part II on applied cinematic devices description and functions which enables us to gain a deeper and broader understanding of the whole final scene. I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me, but it's hard to stay mad when there's so much beauty in the world. Here by seeing that family photograph, Lester may realized the importance of his family and similar to the roses - the symbol of love - as a whole on the table staying close together, so should the family and not like some single petals splitting. Simultaneously, several scenes mentioned in his narration are running, supporting the viewers understanding. The final scene which fulfils Lesters introductory statement. Because Lester will be killed anyway, by his wife which we know already before, it is also useful just to show a part of the gun pointing at Lesters head and make the murderer unknown which might have the function to increase the tension, otherwise.
The first layer of analysis includes looking at direct statements in a text.
Happiness exists in American Beauty as a myth, as a goal, and as a disguise.
The camera turns away via the photograph, the roses toward the white wall in front of Lesters head. We expect someone in Lester's family to be the culprit, but then it's the neighbor. Then, scenes before and after Lesters death are shown: Angela in the bathroom hearing the gunshot; Jane and Ricky find him dead in the kitchen; Frank was identified as the killer; Lesters wife Carolyn returns home and her desperate reaction to her husbands death. Back, nEXT, cite This Page. At the same time, Lesters narration begins, in particular stating that he died happily.