This Is Where I Leave You Themes & Motifs

Jonathan Tropper
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Heartbreak of Betrayal

The discovery of betrayal can change one's life in a matter of seconds. It causes one to lose trust, and, perhaps, to lose someone who shared a close relationship. Furthermore, it can lead to self-doubt and a loss of power, as one wonders how they could not have known what was happening.

In Judd's case, the affair leaves him helpless. He says that his brain knows that he cannot handle the reality of seeing his wife having sex and with Wade in his bed. So, when he first walks in on them, it tries to protect him until he is ready to deal with the truth, as well as one can. The truth is harsh. Not only has his wife betrayed him, but so has his boss. Judd even betrays himself by still wanting Jen, even though he displays anger towards her on the...

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