2. Will Hunting's Attitudes towards Education and Career

2.5.: 5th episode: At the Parking Lot of a Construction Site

 

2.5.1. Read the screenplay of this episode. Make sure that you are able to translate the conversation literally. Work in groups of four.

 

Good Will Hunting – A Screenplay; Matt Damon & Ben Affleck, with an introduction by Gus Van Sant. Miramax Books, Hyperion, New York 1997, pp. 131 – 134.

 

Maggiore Builders' Construction Site-Parking Lot

Chuckie

How's the woman?

Will

Gone.

Chuckie

What?

Will

She went to medical school in California.

Chuckie

Sorry, brother.

I don't know what to tell ya. You know all the girls I been with. You been with 'em too, except for Cheryl MyGovern, which was a big mistake on your part, brother ...

Will

I'm sure, that's why only one of us has herpes.

Chuckie

Some shows are worth the price of admission, partner.

My fuckin' back is killin' me.

Sheet Metal Worker

That's why you should go to college.

Will

Fuck you.

Chuckie

Suck my crank. Fuckin' sheet metal pussy.

So, when are you done with those meetin's?

Will

Week after I'm twenty-one.

Chuckie

Are they hookin' you on with a job?

Will

Yeah, sit in a room and do long division for the next fifty years.

Chuckie

Yah, but it's better than this shit. At least you'd make some nice bank.

Will

Yeah, be a fuckin' lab rat.

Chuckie

It's a way outta here.

Will

What do I want a way outta here for? I want to live here for the rest of my life. I want to be your next-door neighbor, I want to take our kids to Little League together up Foley Field..

Chuckie

Look, you're my best friend, so don't take this the wrong way, but in twenty years, if you're livin' next  door to me, comin' over, watching the fuckin' Patriots' game and still workin' construction, I'll fuckin' kill you. And that's not a threat; That's a fact. I'll fuckin' kill you.

Will

Chuckie, what are you talkin' ...

Chuckie

Listen, you got somethin' that none of us have.

Will

Why is it always this? I owe it to myself? What if I don't want to?

Chuckie

Fuck you. You owe it to me. Tomorrow I'm gonna wake up and I'll be fifty and I'll still be doin' this. And that's all right 'cause I'm gonna make a run at it.

But you, you're sittin' on a winning lottery ticket and you're too much of a pussy to cash it in. And that's bullshit 'cause I'd do anything to have what you got! And so would any of these guys. It'd be a fuckin' insult to us if you're still here in twenty years.

Will

You don't know that.

Chuckie

Let me tell you what I do know. Every day I come by to pick you up, and we go out drinkin' or whatever and we have a few laughs. But you know what the best part of my day is? The ten seconds before I knock on the door, 'cause I let myself think I might get there, and you'd be gone. I'd knock on the door and you wouldn't be there. You just left.

Now, I don't know much. But I know that.

 

Vocabulary

ya – you; herpes – here: a STD (sexually transmitted disease) or VD (venereal disease) ;  sheet metal worker – someone who works with metal in construction;  suck my crank – suck my penis; pussy – the female genitals; the vulva, male talk only ; be done with sth – have finished, completed dealing with sth; hook so with sth – make so take sth; make some nice bank – make some money;  lab rat – laboratory rat – test subject (guinea pig) ; outta – out of; gonna – will sth; Little League – baseball team for youths; Foley Field – baseball field in Athens, Georgia; The Patriots –  the Boston American Football team; fuckin' – expressing extreme anger or annoyance, used to add force to what is being said, slang, vulgar; make a run at sth – try to do sth

 

2.5.2. Sum up in your own words what Chuckie and Will talk about in the parking lot of the construction site and describe the attitudes they express. Discuss your findings in groups and write them down on the worksheet.

 

2.5.3. Referring to the extract from the screenplay characterize the relationship between Chuckie and Will. Will Chuckie be able to influence Will's decision making? Argue.

 

2.5.4. Who would you take sides with ? Give reasons. Is there anybody you would ask to help you make decisions? Why would you ask that person? / Why would you ask no one?

 

2.5.5. Watch the corresponding episode in the movie. Analyze position and movement of the camera (the shots). In how far do they support / not support your findings from  the first two assignments?

 

2.5.6. Continue Chuckie's and Will's conversation. Add a third person to take part in the discussion. ( Work in groups of three.)

 

2.5.7.. Analyze (describe and explain) the register used in the conversation. Would words like

 

it sucks – it is annoying, disgusting, worthless

fuck around – waste time, mess around

by hook or by crook – achieve or do sth by any method possible

 

match the register you described?

 

2.5.8. Who under what circumstances would use such a register in Germany? What, in your opinion, goes through a person's mind while listening to such a conversation?

 

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