Suicidal as Last Relief

In life, there are people would/have opt for suicidal as their last option. Whether or not the option is a relief to them, we wouldn’t know as human being at time can be very complicated under certain circumstances.

Yesterday, in class, I watched ‘Thelma & Louise’. It’s an old movie released in year 1991 that has a sad ending (to me). The story plot was about two good friend, Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) who decided to spend the weekend at the mountain. However, thing turn bad when both of them stop for a drink at a cowboy bar-Silver Bullet. Thelma being a naïve housewife met a man whom she dance with, got drunk and nearly get rape by him at the parking lot. Louise came to rescue but loses her temper when he yells profanity and insulted them so she shot him. Afraid that the authorities will not believe their story and will prosecute them, Louise at first decides to run away but later accompanied by Thelma.

So both of them went on a ‘runaway’ trip heading toward Mexico and along the way they encounter few adventures where Thelma fall for J.D (Brad Pitt) who is a robber on a parole and stole their money. Unexpectedly, Louise get to meet up her boyfriend Jimmy (Michael Madson) in person instead of collecting her life saving via Western Union as agreed by Jimmy in the earlier stage of the story. Jimmy asks Louise to marry him but she refuses and at the same time refuse to tell him her reason heading to Mexico whereas Thelma had a sexual awakening experience with J.D.

Louise became distraught upon knowing their money has gone so Thelma took control and rob a convenience store. On their way across the country, they threaten a policeman by stole his gun and lock him in his car trunk. They were stopped for speeding. Later, they encountered a truck driver whom had repeatedly making obscene sexual gestures at them along the way by pulling him over and demand for an apology but he refuses. So they fire their pistols at the trunk fuel tank and it causes an explosion.

Toward the end of the story, both of them were cornered by the police. Rather than being captured by the authority, both of them decided to sprint their car from the lip of Grand Canyon. The movie ends with showing their car driving over the cliff and flying through the air.

At this point, I nearly burst to tears (I can feel ton of tears’ accumulating at my eyes) but I have to restraint myself. I don’t want to be seen crying in front of my classmates and lecturer what. ;p

It is sad to know Thelma and Louise decision to end their life adventure in such way but then again they are also real people out there choose such way too. Imagine if you’re in their situation, will you make the same decision as theirs? What’s your view on people who choose suicidal as their last resort in life?

– Thelma & Louise image source


  1. Moone

    18 August, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Very touching movie by reading your post, great! sensitive juga you :)….a quote says “at a great periods you have always felt deep within you the temptation to commit suicide to protest against life..”

  2. LadyBird Eileen®

    18 August, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    isskk aku memang cepat sensitif bila masuk bab sedih2 ni, sapa yang tidak sedih kan..ko tu sama jugak, eksyen saja ko. anyway, thats a great quote and i couldnt agree more with it. i think one would think to that point when they’re at the lowest stage of their life.

  3. Philip

    19 August, 2011 at 4:38 am

    As someone who has worked and taught in the mental health field I can say that most (not all) people who commit suicide do so as a result of specific mental health problems and/or drug or alcohol misuse, and not just from the emotional turmoils of everyday life that we nearly all experience. Although Thelma and Louise’s suicide may seem unlikely in real life, there in fact incidents of suicide pacts from time to time with a recent spate of these in Japan.

  4. LadyBird Eileen®

    19 August, 2011 at 5:36 am

    Philip – that kind of scary to know..

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