Springboard Unit 2

Topics: Marriage Pages: 1 (267 words) Published: December 16, 2012
The character I chose is Jess. In the movie Bend it Like Beckham, she is faced with many cultures. These cultures pull her mind in two conflicting directions. On the one hand, she wants to play soccer, but, on the other hand, she wants to please her family. The movie follows her internal and external conflicts, as she struggles to make a decision regarding her life. Similarly, the main conflict Jess faces is her love for soccer versus her family’s expectations. Soccer is everything to Jess and she does anything to play, even if it means lying to her family, which she does begrudgingly. Once she is given the chance to play competitively she realizes that she has what it takes to be a professional soccer player, and she wants to secure her chance. The conflict is her family’s expectations. Her family doesn’t want her to play the sport she loves because she is a woman. In her family’s culture, women are confined to the home. Her family believes that her only duty is to find a suitable husband, not play a silly sport. Due to this, Jess is torn between rebelling against her family’s decisions, but she also doesn’t want to miss her once in a lifetime opportunity to do what she loves. Finally, Jess is able to resolve the conflict with her family after many other attempts. Jess tried to reason with her parents, but to no avail. In addition, her gay friend was willing to pretend to marry her so that she could attend the university in the United States to play soccer.
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