What really stood out to me about this movie is the parallel that the creature has to anyone who seems to be a misfit to society. Sure enough, throughout the film, those ties are made, as several of the story’s heroes are misfits to 1960’s Baltimore: one is mute, one is a Black woman, one is a closet homosexual, and they’re the ones who connect the most with the creature’s condition. In fact, with the main character, Elisa, she shares quite a few similarities to people on the autism spectrum.
The most noticeable trait from when we first meet her is that she keeps a specific morning routine that we see her repeat to the dime. First, she prepares a bunch of eggs in boiling water, and as she waits for them to finish, she takes a bath, specifically because it sexually arouses her. After her hardboiled eggs are done, she speaks to one of her only real friends, the struggling artist from next door who is a closet homosexual. Then she takes the bus to work, using her cap as a pillow to rest against the window. Then once she arrives at work, she cuts in line to punch her time card in. Outside of work, her neighbor likes to take her out to a key lime pie, which she keeps having to remind him that she hates the taste of. Although she can’t speak, the two find a way to bond by watching TV.