Movies and the Outcast Archetype

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The Outcast Archetype
Movies and films are important parts of not only our education, but also our life. Some teach us historical information or life lessons, and some just make us laugh. When we watch movies, we realize that many characters are just like us. As Linda Seger says, “Whatever our culture, there are universal stories that form the basis fall all our particular stories.” (Seger 386-387). One character that always seems to steal the audience’s heart is the one that doesn’t always fit in or that is different than the others. This character is known as the outcast archetype. Outcast archetypes are usually isolated from others for a certain reason whether it be gender, race, social class, or sexual preference. These characters usually do not change as they always stick out for some reason. In The Sandlot and The Blind Side, the main characters act as the outcast as they are different from those around them. Smalls in The Sandlot tries to make friends with a young baseball “team” while he has no experience with the sport at all. Michael from The Blind Side is one of the only African Americans at a private school where he learns to take advantage of his size and play football. “The Sandlot” is a film told through the eyes of a young boy, Scotty Smalls, as he looks back on his first summer after moving to Los Angeles in 1962. Scotty moves to a new town and struggles to make new friends. He meets a group of boys who play baseball together every day and after Benny takes Smalls under his wing, he is part of the team. They fall into many adventures, one being when Smalls hits his stepfathers Babe Ruth autographed baseball over the fence to a legendary ball eating dog called The Beast. The boys must find a way to get the ball back before Smalls’s stepfather returns home from a business trip. Smalls represents the outcast archetype as he moves to a new town during the summer and is living with his mother and new stepfather. Smalls isn’t close with his...
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