Wednesday, November 24, 2010
In the movie the Station Agent every character is dealing with their own problems and figuring out who they are. The one person who stood out the most for me was Finbar McBride. Finbar is a little person who goes through life getting mean comments and weird looks. This made Finbar angry ( as it would for anybody else), so he stays isolated in an apartment above his train store where he works in the back away from costumers while another guy works in the front. Throughout the whole movie Finbars view of home has changed. In the beginning of the movie he would go through his life depressed and sad. During this time i don't think he ever felt like he was at home anywhere or doing anything. Later in the movie after the guy who worked in the front of the store died he left his train house in the country to Finbar. He had nowhere else to stay so decided to go to that house. This is when Finbar was beginning to change his feeling on a home. For him being at home isn't a physical place but more of an emotional state. Being able to read about trains or watch trains pass in the park on a sunny day is home to him. Going to a new place and meeting new people helped Finbar open up. Having Joe Aramas and Olivia Harris as his friends and them showing that they do care about him and about his love for trains has changed his feeling of home. Sharing the same feeling about trains as his friends really makes him feel better about himself and shows that he does have a home not only in an emotional state, but also in a physical place too. Having people who care about him can give him a sense of having a family, where before he never had those feelings which in the end helps him feel more at home with both emotionally and physically.