Sling Blade Anaylsis
In the 1996 film, Sling Blade, a criminally insane man, Karl (played by Billy Bob Thorton) is released from a mental institution and sent into the world to fend for himself. He finds himself back in his small hometown filled with stereotypes and small-minded people. The film does an amazing job at analyzing his relationships, both new and old. Each of his encounters strengthens the storyline, and the themes and stereotypes parallel the unfolding plot.
The story begins at the mental institution with an interview Karl has with college students. It is here that the audience is informed that Karl was placed in the mental institution for killing his mother and his mother?s lover out of what he thought was protection for his mother. It becomes obvious that Karl would kill again in order to protect someone he loves. The proceeding scenes show Karl?s release from the institution and his settlement in the town. It is then that Karl meets Frank, a young boy who has seen more sadness than his age should have allowed. They meet at a Laundromat and Karl helps Frank carry his laundry home. Frank instantly befriends and accepts Karl. The storyline unfolds as
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