Beautiful Letters Company

Deion Love

Professor Claire Laville

English 101 1 PM

3 October 2014

The presence of the Beautiful Letters Company in the film Her serves a distinct purpose to the plot; the company enhances the idea of technology’s progression. The clients of the company’s employees send requests or information about their relationship so that the employees could compose letters as if the person had actually written it. In the film, Theodore was sent information about how a certain couple met and the boyfriend gave him a description of his girlfriend. Theodore was able to take this information and create letters based off of the information he received.

Theodore was the ideal person to be an employee at the Beautiful Letters Company because of his ability to be in touch with his emotions. Theodore’s personality allows him to be more romantic and personal. Even the other characters in the film commented on how great Theodore’s letters were. Paul stated that Theodore is part man and part woman; he was commenting on his skill of writing letters for his clients. Throughout the film, we were able to see how his emotions were developed in the relationships he was in. His relationship with Samantha and how he felt about his divorce also showed that he is an emotional person.

In my opinion, I necessarily don’t think that the audience members are supposed to be upset by the company and the services that they provide. The services are not overpowering or unheard of in the context of the film because of the OS dating situation. The film shows how progressive technology could be in the future because it is a scientific-fiction film. Also they never really explain why the company exists in the film and I was never to assess why they decided to add the company and its concept. I don’t think the company’s presence adds too much to the film. Beautiful Letters Company does not need to be in the film.

The company does make the audience think of the future and how technology will influence society. The film also showed how lazy our society can get due to technology. People just send little descriptions and expect the employees of the company to work miracles with letters. Also, the OS system encourages laziness and makes the people who use it seem incapable of providing for themselves.

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2 thoughts on “Beautiful Letters Company

  1. Deion,
    I thought your piece this week was really thoughtful; however, I disagree with your statement that Theodore is the perfect man for the job. After his divorce, he is broken, and though he goes on dates, he cannot connect emotionally with a woman. Thus, writing love letters as his occupation is ironic. As I watched, I was displeased by his letters. I find it upsetting that it’s so easy to write such beautiful sentiments without having any emotion or feelings behind them, and creating a sense of deception. I think the company serves to call in the question of the validity of human relationships. He makes his living off of clients purchasing things to say to their loved ones because they’re not willing to put in the effort themselves. As a result, human relationships are degraded, allowing the audience to become more open minded about his relationship when he starts to date his OS.

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  2. The author’s first statement, in which he presents the idea that the Beautiful Handwritten Letters Company serves a distinct purpose to the plot, contradicts the final two sentences of his third paragraph, in which he says that the Beautiful Handwritten Letters Company does not need to be in the film. I liked the final paragraph, in which the author presents what the company represents in the context of the setting – the future. It would be even better if the author incorporated how Theodore differs from the “lazy people” since he is the one writing the letters.

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