Coming of Age- Black Balloons and Touch Me

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COMING OF AGE IS THE TRANSITION FROM OUR ADOLESCENCE TO ADULTHOOD. DURING THIS TIME WE FACE MANY CHALLENGES AND CHANGES. IT SOMETHING WE ALL GO THROUGH AT SOME POINT IN TIME. IN SOCIETY COMING OF AGE CAN BE SEEN AS A LEGAL CONVENTION OR A PART OF A RITUAL OR RELIGIOUS CEREMONY. IN MOVIES OR STORIES IT IS USUALLY POTRAYED BY A CHARACTERS DEVELOPMENT OF LEARNING A LIFE LESSON OR RESPONSIBILITY.

AS WE COME OF AGE WE ARE FACED WITH MANY ISSUES. ONE OF THEM IS RELATIONSHIPS. THEY ARE MAJOR PART OF GROWING UP, WHETHER IT IS WITH FAMILY, PEERS OR THE OPPOSITE SEX. THESE ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR LIVES AS WE ARE NOT ONLY DEALING WITH RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS BUT ALSO WITH OURSELVES.

MY SELECTED CHARACTERS ARE XAVIER FROM THE BOOK “TOUCH ME”AND THOMAS FROM THE MOVIE “THE BLACK BALLOON”. THEY BOTH SHOW HOW RELATIONSHIPS THEY FORM CAN EFFECT THE DECISIONS THEY MAKE AND THE PEOPLE THEY GROW INTO.

IN THE MOVIE THE BLACK BALLOON WE SEE A NORMAL BOY NAMED THOMAS WHO HAS AN AUTISTIC BROTHER NAMED CHARLIE. THROUGHOUT THE MOVIE WE SEE THOMAS FACED WITH MANY DIFFERENT PROBLEMS WITH RELATIONSHIPS WHETHER IT IS WITH HIS BROTHER, HIS PARENTS OR A GIRL NAMED JACKIE.

THOMAS HAS A PROBLEM ACCEPTING HIS BROTHER’S DISABILITY AND WISHES HE WAS NORMAL. THIS ALSO EFFFECTS HIS RELATINSHIP WITH HIS PARENTS AS MOST OF THEIR ATTENTION IS FOCUSED ON CHARLIE AND A LOT OF THE RESPONSIBITY OF LOOKING AFTER CHARLIE IS LEFT TO THOMAS AND HE BEGINS TO RESENT HIM AS IT IS PORTRAYED IN THE MOVIE. JACKIE HELPS THOMAS REALISE HE IS NEVER GOING TO BE NORMAL AND HE HAS TO ACCEPT THIS.

THIS IS SHOWN IN THE SCENE WHERE HE WENT TO JACKIES HOUSE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AFTER A FIGHT WITH CHARLIE. JACKIE EXPLAINS TO HIM THAT HE ISNT GOING TO CHANGE AND THAT THOMAS IS GOING HAVE TO ACCEPT HIM THE WAY HE IS.TO SHOW THIS THE FOLLOWING FILM TECHNIQUES WERE USED. THE SCENE SHOWED A CLOSE UP SHOT OF THEIR FACES AND BLURRED BACKGROUND EMPHASING THE IMPORTANCE OF THEIR CONVERSATION BY JUST...
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