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A Humbling Reality

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A Humbling Reality
Most of society has the preconception that hard work, determination, and one’s disposition alone will bring success. But truly, everyone knows that this cannot be. Even Abraham Lincoln once stated, “I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down.” Lincoln reveals the negative realistic source for success here. Robert Zemickis’ The Polar Express and Adam McKay’s Anchorman use this negative reality of the world to show what truly facilitates triumph. The Polar Express and Anchorman both display a negative, yet accurate representation of society and share a theme of friendship and lucky breaks proving more successful than relying on self-determination alone. These two movies fully express the reality of the world by featuring depressing scenes and clearly associating friendship and luck with a character’s success. Atypical to modern day movies, these two films portray society realistically, which can be a dark and gloomy place at times. Ron Burgundy from Anchorman, once a leading anchorman in San Diego, contemplates how to recover from his termination. Jobless and hopeless, he replies to an inquisitive bartender, “I got no heart, because a she-devil stole it” (Anchorman). The true colors for most of the world are depicted by Ron’s fluctuating, unemployed lifestyle. Unlike other movies of the 21st century, these two specifically address the sad and questionable moments in life. The entire premise of The Polar Express addresses the disbelief in Santa Clause of a young boy. The last lines of the movie even metaphorically suggest people’s disbelief and overall skepticism in life, as the narrator articulates, “But as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. [...] The bell still rings for me. As it does for all who truly believe” (The Polar Express). Skepticism is a huge negative part of society but is highlighted in this film. A strong friendship can be a great...
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