May

It is difficult to imagine more humble beginnings than those of May. How one lazy eye could have lead to a life of loneliness is absurd. We all know how mean some children can be, and it was that kind of discrimination that isolated May in her youth. When May was in grade school, she had a problem with her eye – it was lazy. To cure it, her opthalmologist prescribed the typical fix; an eyepatch to correct the eye’s laziness. May had to wear it to school, and it was that that made other school children to identify her as weird and different. May had no friends, and to this her mom said “If you can’t find a friend, make one!”. May received a doll from her mother – Suzy, one enclosed in a glass cabinet, which became the only friend May grew up with.

As an adult, May was no different. She remained in her own little world with no one to talk to except for her doll Suzy. When she met Adam, everything changed. Suzy wasn’t the only “person” in May’s life anymore. She thought Adam was perfect, especially his hands. May wanted to be close to this mechanic she saw working on a car, and even went on secret dates (that only she knew about) with him. When they finally became friends, May interacted with Adam in the only way she knew how – which was with Suzy. May would go to Adam’s house anytime she wanted. She treated him like an inanimate object. When Adam discovered May strangeness and rejected her, she became unhinged. Ultimately, the shattering of Suzy and its glass cabinet led up to the final outburst of May – where she massacred people she met to harvest from them her favorite body parts and create a “perfect” friend.

It is obvious how neglectful parenting led to the abnormal formation of May’s conscience. She is the “abject” of the film, the monster, disturbing the normal order that was established. We can use the cinematic gaze to further establish May’s character as the monster – her being the object of the gaze and Adam the subject. But is the gaze really powerful? I find that May’s initial portrayal of the monster as oppressed is such a good example as to why the male gaze is often due to fear of the unfamiliar female. May is an object, a monster, who tricks the looker into getting closer and then reveals her monstrosity. It was only when May created her perfect friend Amy that she saw a reflection of herself as the monster. A monster who like her did not see clearly. She gave one of her eyes to Amy, and saw herself from a new perspective. The film May is very different, it captures the audience and their sympathy for the lead character but at the same time separates the identities of the viewer from May, with her excessive indecency in social situations. Personally, I didn’t enjoy the whole concept of the film but while I was watching it I couldn’t help but keep my eyes glued to the screen just so that I could find out how it ends.

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