Area of Study: “The Outsider”
Do you constantly feel discriminated against?. Do you ever feel more interesting than others?. Do YOU feel like an Outsider?. The first thing that came to my head when I heard the term “The Outsider” was a foreigner, someone who is excluded from or is not a member of a group. However, after studying “The Outsider” as the topic of our Area of Study, I realised that an outsider can be many things and has positive and negative attributes. I think that an outsider is somebody that tends to be or feel different to everyone and most things around them, although they may have no relations or similarities to anybody else and may feel vulnerable, they could also feel stress less and be open to new experiences. The film Donnie Darko was the core text of our area of study along with two other support texts. The plot centers around the title character, Donnie Darko, an adolescent boy whose average suburban life is countered by his affliction with some type of serious mental disorder, where he has predictive visions and is challenged to do something about them. Toward the beginning of the movie, Donnie is visited by an "imaginary” or is it? Creature wearing a frantic rabbit costume, named Frank. Frank calls Donnie out of his house in the middle of the night and tells him that the world is going to end on October 30th. Soon afterwards, a jet engine crashes into Donnie's bedroom, the first of a chain of bizarre and terrifying events to come. Donnie Darko has many relations to being an outsider, this is because outsiders create diversity, and they are the ones that affect change. Donnie has a mental illness that makes him different to others, he soon finds some version of love and acceptance, the new girl at school who relates to his feelings of being an outsider. Many things become important in the film such as the repetition of the eye, this shows us Donnie’s world and his experiences, also towards the end of the film it rewinds through the...
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