‘Explain how a main character has helped us understand a main theme in the movie’
The movie ‘Ender’s Game’ was directed by Gavin Hood and was released in 2013, it is the movie adaption of the novel ‘Ender’s Game’ written by Orson Scott Card. The main protagonist is ‘Ender Wiggin’ a young teenage boy, who undergoes vigourous training along with thousands of other in a special selection progress. There are a few very important themes in the book, some of these include warfare, youth, manipulation and Leadership. Leadership is a theme in the movie that is very important, Ender faces many challenges along the movie and they all help him realise his true identity as a leader. An example of a challenge that Ender faced was the final battle scene where he destroys the Formics home planet.
During the movie; Ender faces many challenges during the film, many of these challenges help him identify his leadership qualities. When Ender is accepted into battle school he is afraid of standing out from the others, scared of being superior. He wants to be accepted and liked by the rest of the launchies and recruits. Colonel Graff exposes Ender as being smart, as being better than the rest of the launchies while on the spaceship heading to battle school. This means that most of the launchies have an instant enmity against Ender. This is shown when Bernard says “Oh look, it’s the smartass”. Ender has very few friends, and he is very lonely and isolated, this makes Ender believe he is going to fail and he will not become a leader. This is a key to Ender and his progression into a leader. This helps us as an audience realise that leadership is earned and sometimes you won’t always start out on the front foot however leadership can still be earned through doing outstanding things.
Ender slowly became a leader, he stood out above the rest because of his skills, tactical thinking, fighting and morals. He showed resilience and fortitude which made him a great leader. He showed resilience and confidence when he got shouted at for asking a question, Sergeant Dap told Ender “I will never salute you” meaning that he will never be under Enders command. Ender replied “Yes you will” this showed resilience and confidence, he was suddenly seen as a leader. This was the start of Enders accent into a leadership role. This was very important for Ender as it gave him morale and confidence. The rest of his peers saw Ender as a leader and they followed him and his ideas. This helps us as an audience to realise what leadership is and what it encompasses.
Once Ender had become a leader he had to maintain his leadership position. Ender kept his leadership position by being smart, tactical and inclusive. Ender was a very inclusive leader and expected teamwork and inclusiveness amongst everyone. In the movie there is a scene where Ender is asked to explain how to slingshot his forces using the gravitational pull of the moon. Ender says “ I think Bean and Ali have a better handle on this than I do.” This showed that Ender is willing to admit he isn’t better than other people, and that he is inclusive. This scene helps us understand what being a leader means and what it signifys and tells us about a person.
In the movie Enders game, the main protagonist is a young teen named Ender. The movie has many important themes, one of which is leadership. Ender undergoes a huge change, he develops mentally and physcologically. He develops into a great leader. He encompases leadership and its values. He shows resiliance and fortitude numerous times, he shows determination and mental strength. He also showed great teamworking skills, he was inclusive and honest. Ender helped us as an audience understand what leadership is and what encompasses.
‘Explain how a character helped you to understand a key theme.’
The Outsiders is a book that was written in 1967 by S.E Hinton, who was only 15 at the time. There was a film adaption of the book made in 1983, it was directed by Francis Ford Coppola. There are many key themes in the book however this essay is going to be discussing ‘coming of age’. Coming of age is the transition between childhood and adulthood. Ponyboy shows coming of age on several occasions throughout the novel, an example of this is when he gets confronted by some Socs at the end of the novel trying to threaten him. There are other examples such as when Johnny dies. Ponyboy helps us to understand what coming of age is and what it stands for.
Ponyboy gets jumped by some Socs while leaving the theatres after watching a movie. Ponyboy is walking home when a blue mustang pulls up next to him and out jump a group of Socs, they aggressively and violently attack him. The Socs assault him, suddenly they all flee. Darry and some of Pony’s gang turn up, they chase off the Socs. The ordeal left Ponyboy with a deep cut on his forehead from the blade of the Soc, however nothing more. Ponyboy felt emotionally weak and he felt like crying, but he knew he had no reason to cry. Ponyboy stated in the book “You just don’t cry in front of Darry. Not unless you’re hurt like Johnny had been that day we found him in the vacant lot. Compared to Johnny I wasn’t hurt at all.” Ponyboy was able to prevent himself from crying and showed self control. Ponyboy was able to stay strong and wipe the tears away was a sign of maturity and courage. This had a small effect on Ponyboy and his journey to adulthood. This scene showed Ponyboy was coming of age.
In the book; Johnny, Ponyboys close friend Johnny dies. This has a profound effect on him. Ponyboy had experienced a lot of pain and troubles, he had seen Bob get killed, he had been jumped and he lost his parents when he was younger. Losing Johnny affected him because they were both very close and had both been through tough times together. The tough times they had been through and faced made losing Johnny even harder for Ponyboy. Ponyboy had been through a lot of mental and emotional hardship, this has helped him develop into a more mature, emotionally stable teenager. This is part of his transition into adulthood, and he shows coming of age.
At the end of the novel, Ponyboy is confronted by some hostile and aggressive Socs. They threaten Ponyboy and accuse him of killing Bob. Ponyboy smashes his glass bottle he was drinking out of and points the broken glass towards the Socs and walks towards them in a aggressive, threatening manner. The Socs flee, they were not expecting Ponyboy to react the way he did. At the start of the novel Ponyboy is a young teenager who is scared of getting hurt, scared of pain, and scared of death. Ponyboy shows that he has changed throughout the novel, he showed resilience and fortitude. Everything in the novel leads up to this point, it all helps him mature emotionally. He accepts that life is not fair, life is tough but he does not let it affect him. He shows the audience he has matured and come of age.
Ponyboy faced many challenges and struggles throughout his journey, all of these push him to his mental and emotional limits. All this hardship helps him mature. Ponyboy shows perseverance and fortitude throughout the book, this helps him mature and become mentally stronger. He shows us many times throughout the book that he has matured and come of age. Ponyboy helps the audience understand what coming of age is and what causes it.
Everything I know / remember about Film.
- I know film techniques well such as costume, sound, lighting, camera angles.
- I know camera angles well such as over the shoulder, worms eye view, mid shot. Etc.
- I know the basic plot of Ender’s Game film.
Everything I need to be reminded of about Film.
- I need to refresh my memory of the film and its plot.
- I need to catch up on a few select film aspects such as diegetic and non-diegetic sound.
- I need to watch the movie again and take notes as I go.
Everything I know / remember about Novel.
- I know the plot of the book well and what happens in sequence.
- I know different themes that have been incorporated in the book.
- I know different characters and their relevance and importance to the novel.
Everything I need to be reminded of about Novel.
- I need to recap on the small details of the book which I have forgotten.
- I need to re-read the book so that I can understand the themes and morals of the story.
- I need to understand Ponyboy’s characteristics and personality as I have forgotten.
Everything I know about Unfamiliar Text.
- I know how to recognise different language techniques within a piece of unfamiliar text.
- I know different language techniques quite well.
- I know different forms of writing such as short stories, poems, essays .Etc.
Everything I need to know about Unfamiliar Text.
- I need to recap on what some language techniques mean and do. Eg. Assonance.
- I need to realise what is important in text when highlighting and what is unnecessary.
What Language techniques do I know.
- Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Alliteration, Rhetorical question, Onomatopoeia, Colloquial Language, Jargon, Cliche, Sarcasm.
When I say 1950’s America what comes to mind? Cheerleaders? Jocks? Geeks? Well you must be living under a rock if you have never heard of them. They are the main iconic social groups of 1950’s – 70’s America. Social groups are groups that contain people who share similarities and character traits. Social groups are also an intangible barrier that sometimes prevent people from communicating because of their social status. Social groups also create a hierarchy system, in each social group there’s hierarchy system. Between all the social groups there is a hierarchy. It goes without saying, back in the 50’s Jocks and Cheerleaders were at the top of the hierarchy food chain.
I will use America as an example, back in the day their was a prominent hierarchy system amongst the different social groups. Jock’s are portrayed as handsome, athletic guys who all played American football. Cheerleader’s are portrayed as attractive, athletic teens who are popular and stuck up. Geeks are portrayed as…..Well need I say? Well at least that is how Hollywood portrays them. Social groups prove to hinder society more than they help. I will explain why.
You might say social groups don’t mean shite, however let’s be honest they do. As I said before social groups are barriers, no they are not large concrete walls but they are intangible barriers. What creates the barrier? Judgement. The fear of being judged is enough to create a social barrier. If no one was scared of being judged then there would be no fear of socializing with different people. A wall is built with foundations right? Well social groups are too. People in this day are scared, scared of being judged. If this fear was eradicated then the foundations of Social groups would fall.
Social are still prominent today, we have social groups however there is no prominent hierarchy system amongst them. We have a few main groups such as the ‘Populars’, ‘Sporty’, ‘Nerds’, and a few others. There is no prominent hierarchy amongst them. Today inter-communication between social groups is slightly more accepted, however it is not super common. Judgement today is still enough to prevent the societal acceptance between all social groups. Social groups prevent people from socialising, you never know who you could have been a good friend. Why? Because society does not accept you if you want to talk to them. Simply because you are in different social groups.
Social groups in the Outsider are based mostly on financial status, the rich kids and the poor.
These social groups are slightly harder to comprehend, socioeconomic in-differences are responsible for these social groups not only social in-differences . The Outsiders social groups are the Socs and the Greasers. The Soc’s and the Greasers have different socioeconomic backgrounds, these backgrounds affect their character traits. The greasers are more toughened because they have had more hardship than the Socs.
Social groups are a barrier that affects today’s society, if we could rid society of them then society would be a better place. It all starts with judgement, if everyone can stop being judgmental then no one will be scared of being judged. Therefore people would not be scared of socialising with different people. If you want to socialise with someone in a different social group then do it.
I propose that –
I will create a speech about social groups, I will be explain social groups that we have now and social groups that we used to have in the past. I will be relating similarities between groups then and now. I will aim for three minutes and I will try to explain what social groups are and how they affect society today. I will relate social groups we have today to the Outsider’s social groups.