The musical, "Across the Universe" has many elements that shape it into the movie that it is. Among these elements are change, love, emotion, passion, art, music, and symbolism.
Change is a very important concept of "Across the Universe". Not only was there a change within society, but also a change among individuals. We see the characters change as the movie, and the turbulence of the 1960's progresses.
Jude, the film's main character, starts out in his small town of Liverpool with his mother, living a very simple life as a shipyard worker. He does have a girlfriend, but he still seems to be very bored and lonely because his life in Liverpool is all he really knows. However, by the ...view middle of the document...
Once Max is shipped off to war, we see a few of the drastic things he witnesses on the battlefield. The look in his eyes at the end of "Across The Universe/Helter Skelter" speaks so many words. I think many soldiers are affected greatly by their experiences in the war, and Max definitely was. War takes a toll on a soldier's mental and physical health. Max became emotionally scarred and physically dependent on morphine due to the war, that he soon came to the realization that life isn't all fun and games. Max loses the goofy personality he had at the beginning of the movie, and it seemed to me that he became a little more mature. However, Max's fun personality still remains until the end of the film. He still remains positive and warm-hearted despite everything he's been through. Max also keeps his sense of humor.
Lucy is also affected by the war. She starts out as a happy, naive girl who has never experienced a death and had only one boyfriend. Once her boyfriend dies, her life isn't so innocent anymore. She goes to New York to get away and we learn that she also received a draft letter for her brother, Max. She then develops a strong, passionate, love for Jude. Lucy begins to have strong feelings against the war and soon falls into the radical anti-war protest. The young, naive, girl we see at the beginning of the movie quickly turns into a strong, determind, rage-filled, person who will do anything to fight for her beliefs. Lucy's devotion and love remain with her throughout the movie.
Sadie, the aspiring singer, begins the movie as a determined woman who has big dreams. As the movie progresses, she begins to become more self-centered and egotistical. She becomes more concerned with her own success rather than the success of her bandmates. Although she changes, she still keeps her confidence and determination to continue furthur in her musical career.
Jojo, having lost his younger brother in the Chicago riots, leaves for New York to get away and start a new life. He starts out searching for something more, and finds Sadie's band in which he becomes the guitarist. He discovers love in Sadie and his love for music also seems to become stronger. One quote of his, "Music's the only thing that makes sense any more, man. Play loud enough, it keeps the demons at bay", really shows his passion for music. At the beginning of the movie, Jojo seems to be controlled by Sadie and does whatever she makes him do, but as the movie progresses, he becomes more able to speak his opinion and stand up for himself. Jojo keeps his inner strength throughout the movie, and his musical passion never leaves him.
Prudence starts out as a closested bisexual, keeping all of her feelings inside, afraid to let them show. During the scene "Dear Prudence" she is shown hiding in the closet, as each of her friends try to get her to come out. This is metaphorical as her "coming out of the closet", as in her sexuality. She becomes more open and willing to take risks....