The Piano Reaction

The Piano is an incredible film that I honestly did not think I would enjoy. From the very beginning of the film it was prevalent to me that The Piano was going to contain a lot of emotion. The opening scene really intrigued me. The opening scene showed of a young girls perspective, covering her eyes, and then finally spreading her figures and removing her hands to let in the light and landscape of the scene. The narration was coming from the main character, a woman named Ada, that no longer spoke because of a traumatizing event in her life. We could hear her thoughts. This a gave us viewers a very interesting connection to Ada that no other characters could have with her.

As the movie continued I could see and almost feel the connection that Ada has with her piano that she had brought with her to New Zealand. The piano seemed almost like her second child. Ada did not want to leave the piano at the beach while they made their journey to her new husband, Mr. Stewart’s home. Finally, Mr. Stewart’s friend, George, offers Mr. Stewart a deal; a plot of land for the piano. However, Mr. Stewart takes advantage of the situation and makes an offer to Ada that she can earn her piano back at a rate of one piano key per “lesson,” provided that he can observe her and do “things he likes” while she plays. Each lesson gets more and more sexual and Ada seemingly does not like Georges interactions, but her love for the piano is so great that she does what she has to to earn her piano back.

In the end she ends up falling for George and Mr. Stewart finds out that they have been sleeping with each other. He gets angry, loses his temper, and chops Ada’s index finger off. Ada is emotionless when this happens. She was in shock, not from the pain, but because she knew that her piano playing would never be the same. The piano was her way of expressing herself. Ada never seemed truly happy unless she was playing the piano. We find out later that her connection with the piano has to do with her deep musical connection that she had with her husband that passed in a freak accident. That moment Ada lost her finger also portrayed her loss of her last connection to her late husband. She feels no need to live anymore and tries to drown herself along with her piano in the bottom of the ocean. She has an epiphany at the bottom of the freezing depths and realizes that she does not want to die. She is saved and the final scene reveals a much happier Ana, living with George and her daughter, playing a piano with a metal finger in place of her lost finger. Ana found happiness again.


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