Into the World

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Moving into the world is a significant experience in a person’s life which provides opportunities for growth and development. Change in attitude, development of knowledge and change in identity are all aspects of moving into the world however, it is not as simple as it seems and it consists of being faced with barriers which an individual learns to overcome. Moving into the world is explored in two texts which are Billy Elliot, by Stephan Daldry, and Eminem’s song “Lose Yourself”.

Change in attitude is one of the themes explored in Billy Elliot which encounters the changes Billy faces as he realises that he wants to change and become less marginalised within the society. Stephan Daldry uses many techniques to incorporate the theme within the text. In the movie, when Billy is walking with Debbie, the composer has used a medium shot to convey the notion of moving into the world. One of the quotes used in this scene is when Billy says “ballet is for poofs”, clearly stereotyping the whole idea of ballet being for girls only. The composer has used a medium shot in this scene to portray that the conversation between the two people is an important point of the movie where Billy starts to realise that not only girls do ballet and this shows change in attitude towards Billy. This part of the movie also conveys the notion of moving into the world as Billy is given an opportunity for growth and development.

Eminem’s song “Lose Yourself” is about a young guy who wants to become a professional singer/rapper however, many problems arise as he has to think about his family and if he really wants to reach this standard. Change in attitude is explored in this song through techniques Eminem has used in the lines and verses. The composer has used imagery in one of his lines “his palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy…” to show the nervousness of the individual moving into the new world he is about to enter. The effect of imagery is to give the audience an imagination...
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