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Matthew Todd Womble

Secondary Advisor

Rachel Riley

Committee Reader

Mikee Delony


This paper offers an analysis of dysfunctional father-son relationships in Wes Anderson filmography. In particular, the films that will be analyzed are Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums. Anderson films have a unique style and present relationships that feel authentic to the audience. The realistic nature of these relationships makes them the perfect candidates for examination through psychological analysis. Four psychological principles applying to father-son relationships were chosen in order to analyze the relationships presented in the films. The principles, outlined in the body of the paper, pertain to the presence of the father in the home and specific attitudes fathers have towards their sons. Using the principles to conduct an analysis will display how important fathers are to their sons’ development, both behaviorally and emotionally. Despite the negative connotations of the principles, this paper seeks to show that there is the possibility for change in a relationship at any stage.

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