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 “The Bad Seed” movie review

The Bad Seed is a movie created in 1954, talking about a mother realization that her daughter (young) has committed murder. The girl name is Rhoda Penmark, who is portrayed as a killer. She is the only child of Kenneth and her mother Christine Penmark, and her father usually goes away on a business trip, leaving them alone at home. Her mother begins to notice strange behavior towards her (Rhoda) classmate by the name of Claude Daigle (Murray, 2003). The classmate inexplicably drowns while at a school picnic. The death of the boy was presumed accidental, but there was unexplained details about how he died.

Rhoda cunningly lied that she hadn’t seen Claude for quite some time, and that it has eventually surfaced that she quarreled with him about a medal he won before.

  1. The character of Rhoda Penmark being the savviest personality.

Rhoda Penmark is that astute persona who uses her charming character to conceal a worse and mean behavior. She denies ever having a hand in Claude death until she was threatened by Leroy that the police will unravel all the mystery (Murray, 2003).  She uses her healthy personality to do more harm because she does things that nobody will ever unravel in the end. She is so savvy that she decides to kill Leroy by setting his bedding on fire while he is asleep.

Her personality won’t portray her as evil but in the end everybody realizes that she is the one who kills her classmate. She even attempts to tell lie to her mother. Her mother eventually commits suicide so that she doesn’t see what her child has become.

  1. OCEAN trait theory of Leroy Jessup personality.

He is the maintenance guy at Monica Breedlove. The personality of Leroy as depicted in the movie while considering the trait theory of OCEAN is;

Openness- he noticed that Rhoda is not like other kids within the neighborhood, and continuously taunts her. He also tells her one cannot clean away evil with water alone but accepting that she was wrong all along (Murray, 2003).

Conscientiousness- he sees bad character in the girl and made it known to others that she was not a good person. He hides the shoes which she (Rhoda) had when she killed Claude and refuses to let her have them until she admits to her actions.

Extraversion-he is that man who works extra hard to meet the needs of the family. He is seen as a depraved fellow who sees things the way they are and he realize that Rhoda is kindred spirit tormented by her actions.

Agreeableness- in the movie, Leroy being the only other adult in the setup, notices the different behavior that Rhoda exhibit (Murray, 2003).



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