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The Graduate and Genesis 1-3

            Genesis 1-3 provides an interesting read from beginning to end. It shows us scenes of what occurs at the beginning of mankind's dealings on this earth in chronological order. "In the beginning" is so powerful that it moves the reader to become embellished in God's plan for the world. The entire story of Adam and Eve can be seen as a metaphor, scattered with symbolism. Two people make a choice, without any regard of the warning given to them by God. Thus, everything they know is taken away from them. This coming of age experience helped Adam and Eve to gain something that would help them through tough times: knowledge.
             In the case of The Graduate, two people who are in love. However, they too have taken the initiative to make a choice for a better life. The decision to disobey the will of those above them, in pursuit of love may lead to rough times. The director Mike Nichols reveals symbolism and silent imagery in his film to shed some light on the plot, as well as the characters. Has the decisions mentioned above given us valuable insight about these characters displaying coming of age traits, through their experiences? Comparing these two works will further help us to determine if this is true. .
             Although Genesis does not mention what God looked like, we get a glimpse into what he may look like and traits he portrayed. "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." (Gen. 1:27) As we read on, it becomes more evident that God represents a mature, parent figure, one who lays the ground rules and enforces them. In fact, He gives Adam and Eve full "dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth " (Gen. 1:28). We see a similar premise in The Graduate, where Benjamin's parents are happy with his graduation and give him a car, a house to stay in, and so many other things.

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