Making Difficult Decisions

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Task 3

Making difficult decisions is a part of life

We face decisions everyday, we decide what to wear in the morning, what to eat for breakfast, how to get to school, the list goes on and on. But sometimes we have to make decisions that mean a lot more, that have consequences no matter what you choose and that can effect the people around you. In this text I am going to present two films where the characters have hard decisions to make.

Billy Elliot is a film about Billy, an 11-year-old boy who lives with his father, brother and Nan (grandmother). The film takes place in “Everington” in the UK, from 1984 to 1985 which was in the middle of the UK miners strike. The main conflict of the film is that Billy wants to be a ballet dancer. His father on the other hand, would rather have his son doing what every other boy at the age of 11, which is boxing. However, Billy´s father comes around after he sees how good Billy actually is. Billy´s ballet teacher thinks he´s good enough to attend The Royal Ballet School in London. The problem is that the school is very expensive and seeing as Billy´s father and brother are both in the middle of the mining strike, it is impossible for them to get the money on their own, unless they become “scabs” (go back to work during the strike).

This is obviously a very hard decision for Billy´s father. He truly wants Billy to become a processional ballet dancer, but becoming a scab was at that time like betraying everyone you cared for. Scabs were outcasts in the society, they had betrayed themselves, their friends, fellow workers, their family and their country. Billy´s dad had until recently been protesting against the scabs, but was now on the verge of becoming one himself. The mining industry was crumbling and he really wanted to save Billy from the miserable life a miner led.

Billy´s father decides to go back into the mine, so that he can pay for The Royal Ballet School. On his way to the “Pit” (the...
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