In "Taxi Driver" Travis Bickle desperately wanted to be normal but knew it was impossible and therefore looked for evil in normal people as an excuse to destroy them and simultaneously reassure himself that his abnormality was actually a gift and a blessing. 
Likewise, in "Artificial Intelligence" David wanted to be a real human so he could be loved by his mother.  He therefore hated his brother for being real and tried to kill him. 
In "Return To Paradise" the prudish, loveless widower missionary in charge of a Samoan island saw the lovely childlike Polynesian culture as evil and tried to destroy it by making the women cover themselves head to toe and banning games and the hula and forcing everyone to attend church services daily and inflicting harsh punishments on anyone who broke the rules. 

--- On Thu, 5/7/09, Norman Holland <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

From: Norman Holland <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Fwd: annihilation of the beautiful: clarification
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Date: Thursday, May 7, 2009, 7:08 AM

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From: Denis Donovan <[log in to unmask]" target=_blank rel=nofollow ymailto="mailto:[log in to unmask]">[log in to unmask]> (34 lines) ------------------
Thanks for the responses to my question. I found Franju's Les yeux sans visage an interesting choice -- a film, by the way, I had an interesting opportunity to discuss with Franju in 1979 when he gave me a lift back to Paris from Ionesco's summer place.

However, I see that I need to clarify my request. It seems that disfigurement was perceived to be the focus, which isn't really the case here.

I'm interested in situations in which an individual who, him/herself, does not possess a quality, which could be a physical attribute such as beauty or an ability such as artistic, athletic or musical ability,  which -- and this is crucial -- he/she HAS NEVER HAD, and therefore wishes and seeks to deny it to others who do in fact possess it.

I hope that's a bit clearer. Perhaps some instances in literature, the theater or film will come to mind...

Denis M. Donovan, M.D., M.Ed., F.A.P.S.
Director, EOCT Institute

Medical Director, 1983 - 2006
The Children's Center for Developmental Psychiatry
St. Petersburg, Florida

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