In “West Side Story” by Arthur Laurents theSharks come to America trying to find a betterLife.
But the Jets stop them so that they find it difficultto get the life that they’d like to have.
“Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury suggests usthat the freedom of thought (conscience) can helpus developingpersonal ideas,the first step tobecome differentfrom others.
At the same time, the book carries the idea thatwithout all the information we have we wouldbe basically ignorant, and it’d be easier to controlthe whole society.
Examples of what can further us “Build a ladder if there’s a wall, don’t be afraid to slip and fall” Red Flay “There are miracles in life I must achieve, but first I know it starts inside of me.” I Believe I Can FlyEvery change has to start inside you, startingfrom your willingness to achieve what you wantin your life.
What instead can hinder us: “People try to put us down just because we get around” My Generation “I want to be the minority; I don’t need your authority.” MinorityOthers, as said before try tostop us from doing what is less convenient forthem.
In this story Thoreau claims how individuals(citizens) and government should be strictlyconnected and help each other.Also this kind of relationship should be importantto us and to our happiness.
Thoreau is rejecting the idea that anyone isrequired to sacrifice part of himself or what hehas because of the government.
The movie “The Book of Eli”showed us thathaving something to believein can give usthe strength to never give up.
But at the same time there will always besomeone who will try to go against you or your thoughts.
In the “Lord of the Flies” by William Goulding isrepresented the idea that fear could hinder us. Ex. “There isn’t anyone to help you. Only me. And I’m the Beast. . . . Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!”
And that an individual has to bedifferent from the others but on the other hand everyone is part of a group, in fact we need people that are somehow related to us to spend time with.
“We’ll see if we can show that school of yours a thing or two. Give it a month; then if you don’t like it, we’ll stop. If you don’t like it, we’ll stop. I mean, sometimes people just don’t get along, right?”Not only our friends have to be somehow similarto us, but we also have to get along with them ifwe want to be happy. “..but you and I both know there’s more to it than mere grades, don’t we? I care about the whole child-his happiness, his self-esteem.”
”…It was a put- up job! See, there is this guy that doesn’t like me. He put all these beers in my locker and started a rumor going..”Sometimes people can be right in the middle ofour “life-trip”, but that doesn’t mean that theyshould be able to change the course of our life.
In “Beautiful Spencer” the main character ishindered by his mother who has impossibleexpectations for him. This expectations of herbring him to be addicted to alcohol and drugs.
And even if his mom behaves like that, he findsa way to be happier in his life: his girlfriendis all he has.
“You’ve carried it so long, I guess it becomes like a hidden deal inside of you, we try to bury the feelings we carry.”This example can show us how people try to hidethe fears and how these Native Americans havebeen treated for years.
And even though Indians have been mistreatedfor a long time, we can still find little nativeAmerican communities which still have thesame habits of two hundreds years ago.