Narrative structures within ‘in his eyes’
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Narrative structures within ‘in his eyes’
Our first major plot event happens within the
second third of the first section of our film
with the switch of Rachel to Alison.
Also, the climax of the film happens at the
end of the second third, with the tea spilling
and the confusion surrounding this.
The resolution occurs with when Alison
reassures Doug and later says goodbye to
Alison and Rachel are binary opposites in age
as Rachel is the youngest character and
represents how life develops. However,
Alison represents the history and experience
that Doug clings to desperately as it brings
him comfort. This opposition shows how
Doug’s family is moving on yet Doug fails to
recognise this as he is overcome by grief and
uses his hallucinations of Alison as a coping
Doug’s age also contrasts with Rachel and
changes the dynamic of their relationship. As
Doug is Rachel’s father he should be still
looking after her or giving her independence.
However, due to his illness, she has to look
after him. Whilst the audience accepts that
this is a norm for most aging families, it is
still a hard fact to face.
These contrasts of age and health between
Rachel and her parents highlights the need
for the young to take care of the elders in
difficult times, after the elders have looked
after them for so long.
Doug is watching television, Rachel arriving
and greeting him.
For the audience – the switch between
Rachel to Alison.
For the characters – the tea spilling and
When Rachel/ Alison leaves and Doug accepts
It is not fully explained if Doug does actually
see his daughter at the end of the film. It is
polysemic as the audience may chose to
believe that as Rachel is the last female
character in shot that he does actually see
her. But my using “love”, it could refer to his
wife or his daughter.
We have built up layers of questions as the
switching in most scenes. This snares makes
the audience confused, mirroring the
confusion that surrounds Doug, due to his