Free Essay

Big Boy

In: English and Literature

Submitted By ZainFarhaan
Words 1591
Pages 7
Contents
Character map Introduction Tips for writing essays 2 3 15

Essay 1: ‘Vincent’s fulfilment of his dream seems to be the triumph of individualism but really rests on the support and cooperation of other people.’ Discuss. 17 Essay 2: ‘The characters in Gattaca are too caught up in private dreams and personal ambitions for genuine relationships to be possible.’ Discuss. Essay 3: “That’s how I did it, Anton. I never saved anything for the swim back.” ‘Vincent defies and transcends his destiny and, in doing this, inspires others.’ Discuss. Essay 4: ‘Gattaca shows that categorising people into a hierarchy of castes, into ‘superior’ and ‘imperfect/inferior’, is both false and dangerous.’ How? Essay 5: ‘Gattaca shows that the rights of a person surpass the need for control within a society.’ Discuss. Essay 6: ‘Gattaca’s director, Andrew Niccol, said: “I would hate for anyone to look at my film and think it is advocating that you never tamper with genes, because there … will be many positive things to come out of this … science in terms of curing diseases”.‘ So what is Gattaca condemning? Essay 7: ‘Gattaca presents a world destroyed by the pursuit of perfection.’ Do you agree? Essay 8: ‘The society of Gattaca works to repress rather than to enhance the potential of human beings.’ Discuss. 22

27 31 36

40 45 50

Essay 9: “I belong to a new underclass, no longer determined by social status or the colour of your skin. No, we now have discrimination down to a science.” Does Gattaca show discrimination to be a science? 53 Essay 10: ‘Gattaca depicts a world that seems totally scientific and rational, yet passion still prevails.’ Discuss. Practice topics 57 61

© Insight Publications 2010

Sample essays on texts

Character map

Antonio Freeman INVALID Disappointed and critical of Vincent due to his genetic flaws. Prefers Anton, his other, genetically superior son.

married to

Marie Freeman INVALID Loving yet anxious mother of Vincent.

parents of

German VALID Illegal ‘Genetic Broker’, paid by Vincent to organise exchange of DNA from Jerome.

Anton Freeman VALID In charge of Mission Controller’s murder investigation. Assumes superiority over Vincent due to his genetic advantages.

hi

re s

brothers

colleagues

Vincent Freeman (Vincent/Jerome) INVALID Adopts Jerome’s identity by using Jerome’s DNA samples as his own. First Class Navigator who dreams of space travel. Has a weak heart.

helps

Jerome Eugene Morrow (Jerome/Eugene) VALID Confined to wheelchair after failed suicide. Adopts identity of ‘Eugene’ after giving his own identity and DNA to VIncent.

Detective Hugo INVALID Subordinate to Anton. Rigorous ‘old fashioned’ detective who has to play down his effective methods in investigating the murder in deference to the VALID Anton.

lovers and colleagues

colleagues

protects

Irene Cassini VALID Obedient Gattaca employee who becomes Vincent’s lover and helps him conceal his Invalid identity. Also has a weak heart.

Director Josef VALID Vincent and Irene’s superior. Murdered the Mission Controller. Supports Vincent: may be aware of deception.

Caesar INVALID Gattaca’s head janitor and Vincent’s first boss there before he assumes Jerome’s identity.

Doctor Lamar VALID Medical technician who helps Vincent conceal his identity due to inspiration Vincent gives to Lamar’s Invalid son.

2
© Insight Publications 2010

© Insight Publications 2009

Gattaca

Introduction
Andrew Niccol, a screenwriter and director, was born in New Zealand and moved to England at the age of 21 to direct commercials. He has written and directed Gattaca, Simone and Lord of War, as well as earning an Academy Award nomination for his screenplay The Truman Show.

Brief synopsis
Gattaca is a story set, as an intertitle tells us, in the ‘not-too-distant future’, in a world where genetic engineering has become the ‘normal’ approach to procreation. We are introduced to Vincent Freeman, a child conceived not by genetic means, but through an act of love. He is what is known as a ‘faith birth’, a ‘God-child’, an INVALID. His brother, the genetically modified Anton, is superior in strength and favoured within the society. As a ‘natural’ child, Vincent’s imperfections (he possesses a 99% probability of fatal heart disease) see him ostracised and rejected. He is an employment risk due to his genetic inferiority, yet he dreams of a job in space – a task only performed by the most elite, genetically perfect members of society. Leaving his parents and his brother, Vincent performs the menial tasks assigned to the genetically inferior, the new underclass in a world that favours perfection. Ultimately, Vincent develops a plan to disguise his genetic inferiority and secure a place in the space program at Gattaca. He gains the assistance of Jerome Eugene Morrow, a VALID ex-athlete with superior genetic make-up who has been rendered a paraplegic after an accident. Using Jerome’s blood and urine samples to pass the rigorous screening process at Gattaca, Vincent ‘becomes’ Jerome Morrow and earns a place on an expedition to Titan, one of the moons of Saturn. Vincent/ Jerome, with the assistance of Jerome/Eugene, becomes what is known as a ‘borrowed ladder’: someone who fraudulently moves upwards in society through the use of someone else’s genetic material. However, a murder at the Gattaca Corporation sees Vincent/Jerome come under suspicion, whilst his relationship with fellow worker, Irene, is complicated by his attempts to conceal the truth about his INVALID status. The murder investigation hinges on one vital clue: Vincent’s eyelash, with its ‘inferior’ genetic code, has been found at the murder scene. Vincent’s efforts to cover his tracks become increasingly difficult, and the revelation of his brother Anton’s involvement in the murder case complicates matters even further. Gattaca’s final moments centre on resolving the relationship between Vincent and Irene, the struggle for VALIDITY

© Insight Publications 2009

3
© Insight Publications 2010

Gattaca

Tips For Writing Essays
If you follow these simple tips, you’ll be assured of an extra mark or two!

10 Do’s
• • • • Know the text really well and answer the question properly. Write a plan. Structure your essay using an introduction, several body paragraphs and a conclusion. Use paragraphs with clear topic sentences to mark the progression of your argument. Remember ‘new paragraph = new point’. A good example of a clear topic sentence is: ‘The consequences of racial prejudice are explored in Othello’. Use correct spelling and ensure you always spell book titles, characters’ names or authors’ names correctly; for example, ‘Eli Wiesel’s Night’. Put direct quotations in inverted commas; for example: ‘Othello defends Desdemona’s loyalty to Brabantio, swearing ‘my life upon her faith’. Display your knowledge of the text by selecting relevant references to support your views. For example, if you choose to focus on the moments of Eli’s life that shaped his personality in Night, you might analyse the scene featuring the death of his father. Work out your own point of view on key elements such as characters, narrators, plot, etc. Keep to topic. Acknowledge the difference between genres; for example, film, play. For example, when discussing a film, refer to ‘shots’, ‘images’, ‘scenes’, etc. When discussing a play, acknowledge the performance aspects, such as stage directions, the playwright’s instructions for the setting, etc.

• • •

• • •

© Insight Publications 2009

15
© Insight Publications 2010

Gattaca

ESSAY 1
‘Vincent’s fulfilment of his dream seems to be the triumph of individualism but really rests on the support and cooperation of other people.’ Discuss.

In Gattaca, an ideology of success, linked to genetic engineering,

The opening reminds readers dominates society. Relationships are second to self-advancement, of the essential ideas of the text, expressing a clear which is achieved through meeting corporate standards and interpretation and response. joining the elite; ‘perfecting’ one’s children and mating with The use of the terminology someone of ‘good’ genetic potential. Vincent’s struggle and victory of the question indicates that the essay will be focused over his ‘destiny’ seem to endorse an ambitious individualism and relevant. The writer’s reflecting these values. However, his victory is won with other contention is stated strongly and sets up the framework people’s support and is a tribute to cooperation. The society, as for the body of the essay. This portrayed in the text, appears conformist and collectivist. Gattaca’s reference to the visual images employees, lined up and uniform in suits, seem objects, part of the of the film text serves to communicate that the writer geometrical designs. This hierarchical world represses freedom is aware of the text’s genre and self-determination. Vincent dreams of being an astronaut but, and the ways its features as an INVALID, he cannot achieve this. In the resultant conflict affect viewers.

with society to realise his ambition, he asserts his individuality in the community. Certainly, the imagery stresses the social barriers frustrating his personal quest. When his parents are told he isn’t allowed to attend school with other children, who are genetically superior, a close-up shows the gate shutting in his face. Before becoming ‘Jerome’, he can only work as a cleaner at Gattaca. He looks up through the windows at the genetically enhanced employees ascending the escalators inside, or up through skylights at Gattaca’s rockets rising, leaving him below. This is the ‘glass ceiling’ imposed by genetic discrimination, depicting Vincent’s exclusion by corporate society’s prejudices; how ‘the best test score in the world wasn’t going to matter unless I had the blood test to go with it’. Shadows criss-cross Vincent’s body like bars when he scrubs away his body materials, conveying a sense of
The style is succinct and unambiguous, expressing ideas strongly and clearly. Again, an awareness of important film aking m devices is displayed.

© Insight Publications 2009

17
© Insight Publications 2010

Similar Documents

Premium Essay

My Big Boy

...MY BIG BOY 1 My Big Boy Timeka Butler ENG 125 Carolyn Karas July 21,2014 MY BIG BOY 2 The author is telling you that the parents are afraid of the child walking to school by himself. They didn’t want the child to do this they were afraid that he would get into trouble or get taking. They didn’t want him to grow up and be a big boy. They also tell you about the process of letting her son grow up and accomplish this task on his own. So, we are learning how the a parent has to let go and let the child grow up. The theme of the poem is about parents is that they want let my their son grow up and wont let him do thing for his self. The parents are hesitant about their son walking to school and they follow him in the distance as he walk to school. They do this after he leaves for school they follow him to see why do he want to walk to school by himself. He is “semi-alone” this means that he shows freedom and responsibility to walk to school each morning. The parents are not happy about the situation and don’t want anything to happen to him. The next thing that I will talk about is the two literary works that describe the story of the Red Hat. The first literary work that I seen in the poem is symbolism. The......

Words: 566 - Pages: 3

Free Essay

Big Boy Williamson

...Williams. I felt that the characters that Williams presented were very strong and the story was very backwards, just like a lot of the other literature we’ve been reading. When reading this I was able to see how Blanche represented the South, and how Stella and especially Stanley in a way represented the, “New American Man and Woman.” Stanley represented the, “mans-man” and his character was very masculine. I feel that this story also represented the change in society from agriculture and plantation life to a more industrial life style. The way Blanche lived on Belle Reve was much different than how Stella and Stanley lived in New Orleans, but Belle Reve was gone and the, “Old way of life” was also slowly fading. I feel that this story was a great depiction of how the South’s transformation away from the plantation life affected the people. I felt that the movie captured even more of the interesting details about the story and displayed them for you. I felt that (Marlon Brando) Stanley was way hotter in the movie, and in the movie he is the epitome of a sexy man. I felt that the way he was wearing a tight shirt or sweating really illustrated how masculine he was, and was much different than the southern, “Gentleman” type. In the movie I felt that the characters obviously are able to embody more of their characteristics and show them. For example in the movie, Blanch had so many facial expressions, and she always spoke in a southern soft-spoken voice. Stella in the movie was...

Words: 480 - Pages: 2

Free Essay

Just Like That

...on them. They are pushed over the edge by their parents, who don’t understand the children’s needs. This is reflected in the story “Just like that” by Michael Richards, in which a young boy is taken into the bush to shoot kangaroos, by a man who wants to teach him what it takes to grow up to become a man. Does the boy like to shoot kangaroos, if not; why? Why does the man say: “Don’t walk behind me”? What happens in the end of the story? The narrator is third person and is omniscient. The language is simple and informal because it includes dialogues and repetition of dialogues. The atmosphere is gloomy, because the man does not trust the boy. It is exciting. The story is told in chronological order. The boy is young and inexperienced. It is the first time, he is in the bush to shoot kangaroos. He is brought by a man, who seems to be his father. To him the son cannot become a man, until he knows how to handle a rifle. Shooting kangaroos is the method the father uses to turn the son into a man. The boy is looking for a role model, who he finds in his father. But to pass his father’s test of manhood, he needs to shoot kangaroos. But even though the father is the boy’s role model, the boy finds him unsympathetic because he shoots the defenseless kangaroos. The son’s conscience plays a big role in this story. He does not like to shoot the kangaroos. His father pushes him by saying things as: “If you can’t do it now you never will.” (Page 1, line 6). The son interprets......

Words: 816 - Pages: 4

Free Essay

Exxxam

...Emily Clark Dr. Dicke HST 122h-999 Examination 1 Imagine being a young boy in 1899. Now imagine the fact that there is no time for play. Imagine having to sit in to coal mine day in and day out breathing in the dirty fumes from the coal itself. Young boys in the year 1899 did just that. They all imagined what it would be like to play outside in the streets instead of working underground for hours each day. What would it be like to have time as a kid? Men worked. Boys worked. Everyone worked. Labor was intense, conditions were not always the best and overcrowding in the factories was a problem seen from day one. With this, the greatest social and economic change in America occurs; Industrialization, in which a society or country transforms itself from an agricultural society (human power) into a society that is based on the manufacturing of goods and services through machine power. Individuals in this period are replaced by machines and craftsmen are replaced by large assembly lines. No longer do men, women, and children have to do everything step by step, the use of machines is now implemented, making it so the production of goods and services is more beneficial and effective to all. In the year 1899 industrialization has reached its adolescence stage, in which the U.S. becomes a developing nation. In its previous infancy stage industrialization created few factories and steam ships, neither being significant enough to see a change to the economy itself. In 1899,...

Words: 896 - Pages: 4

Premium Essay

Pyc4805 Mindmaps

...PYC4805     DEVELOPMENTAL  PSYCHOLOGY   (Child  development)     April  2015     Assignment  1   Unique  number:  576231     Student  number:  33692513   Liezel  van  Beek   Ques%on  1:     HOW  COMPLEX  ABILITIES  OF  NEWBORNS  AND  INFANTS  CONTRIBUTE  TO  THE  FORMATION  OF  FIRST  SOCIAL  RELATIONSHIPS   EXAMPLES:   CULTURAL   DIFFERENCES   -­‐Co-­‐sleeping     -­‐Soothing  techniques   -­‐Sling  carrying   -­‐Motor  development   SLEEPING     -­‐5  STATES   (NREM,  REM,  Drowsiness,   Quiet  alertness,  Waking   ac^ve/crying)   -­‐Dev.  Nervous  System   -­‐(Dis)organised  behaviour   CRYING   STATES   -­‐Physical  needs   (hunger,  temperature,   noise,  pain)   -­‐Crying  when  other  babies   cry   -­‐Abnormal  crying   -­‐Communicate   with  caregivers   -­‐React  to   other’s   suffering   (empathy)   EXAMPLES:   -­‐Eye  blink   -­‐Roo^ng   -­‐Sucking   -­‐Swimming   -­‐Moro   -­‐Palmar  grasp   -­‐Tonic  neck   -­‐Stepping   -­‐Babinsky   REFLEXES   Parent/child  bonding   Sensory  s^mula^on  –   alert,  calm  disposi^on   Rhythm  affect     Actude  &    interac^on   -­‐Communicate ......

Words: 789 - Pages: 4

Premium Essay

The Sit Down

...09/11/12 Ms. Starzec English 122-022 Gender & Sexuality The Sit Down My legs are torn and eaten by mosquitos, because I’m allergic to mosquitos, my skin blisters and swells up with every mosquito bite; puss even comes out if it swells up to much. It’s a hot summer evening in the middle of July the sun is blazing down on everybody in its path. Family is over to have a cook out; it’s a special occasion because we only see all of us three times a year which is: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the family cook out in mid July. I’m the only girl in my family out of five boys in the grandchildren on my dad side of the family. Difficult growing up, because I was a huge tom boy reason being the only girl and my sibling was a boy and 11 years older than me in fact; it was difficult growing up without a girl to look upon on.. My brother the oldest grandson, 20, was still a huge kid who loved to pick on us. His name is Raul but we call him Omar because of his middle name. He was wearing his favorite, black and silver Raiders jersey. Back in time when jean shorts for males were cool he would wear those with some Nike tennis shoes. Then came my cousin who was 2 years older than me, he was 11 at the time, I was still taller than him by an inch; he was stronger and picked on me a lot because I was a girl and taller than he was. His name is Abraham but called him Abe for short. Abe’s brother was only 2 months younger than I am and had long hair, smelled bad because he...

Words: 1262 - Pages: 6

Free Essay

A Fortune

...caring, and a mother who only focused on the problems and worst things in life. But after all the times the father had let his boy down, the boy still came to him every time, he had snatched a wallet. This was a boy who was seeking the feeling of presence and love from his parents, this might be the the reason why he started pickpocketing for his father; because when he did that he felt like he had something in common with his father, and by doing it he (sometimes) made his father glad. But he was still worried about his father’s view on him; this is obvious where he thinks ”I should have counted the money I just didn’t want to know how much Pop thought I was worth” (p. 1 l.13) The mothers influence on this kid has not been much better, I guess that it must have been more depressing to have a mother, who doesn’t do much more that sitting down crying over all the things, in life that had, and could go wrong. But on the other hand she tries to give the boy a proper childhood: “My ma tried to raise me well. I have to give her credit for trying to make an honest boy.”(p.1 l. 15-16) But with this in mind she end up confusing the boy about how to be: “I never could...

Words: 853 - Pages: 4

Free Essay

Review of "This Is England"

...Review of “This is England”, directed and written by Shane Meadows “This is England”, centers on the young skinheads in England, in the year 1983. Summary: It is a story about the 12-year-old boy Shaun who is getting bullied in school. He does not have any friends and his father is dead, so it is only his mother and himself. Walking home from school one day, he meets a group of young people under the bridge. They are all skinheads, wearing Doctor Marten boots, shaving their heads and with their Ben Sherman shirts. Woody, who is the leader of the group, sees how sad Shaun is and invites him to join the group, among them Milky is the obly black skinhead in the group. Everyone accepts Shaun as a member, except Tubb who feels that Shaun is taking his place. But soon after the problem is solved between them and Shaun feels better than ever between his new friends, also the older girl Smell he feels attracted to. Then the older skinhead named Combo, with racist views, returns to the group after a prison sentence, together with two friends. He tries to take the leadership of the group from Woody, which leads to a rift. Woody stays leader of the apolitical group, whilst Combo becomes leader of the new political group. Combo likes Shaun and identifies with him, who in turn sees Combo as a role model. They go to a White Nationalist meeting and on their way back, a member gets thrown out because of his doubt over the group’s racist and national politics. After being rejected by...

Words: 925 - Pages: 4

Free Essay

No Sauce Left

...Dukwane's Deliverance Dukwane is a gifted young man with a dream of doing great things in life. His future looks as bright as ever when he receives the letter that confirms his admittance into Cambridge University. That dream is shattered when he comes face to face with a bunch of bullies trying to murder an innocent boy. He manages to protect the boy though not without consequence. He manages to get stabbed in the process, and is maybe not able to walk ever again, he still perseveres though his ordeals from that moment on is going to be many. His legs may not be working anymore, but he sure is not going to let that get him down. Dukwane is desperate to get in to Cambridge University, and he is fixed on becoming as great a man as his role model Barack Obama. He knows that there is a big chance that he will stand out among all the white and rich people that the university usually composes of. His ethnicity doesn't get him down usually, but when he look at his parents and how they choose or ended up living their life, he gets sad because he thinks that is how he will end up if he doesn't do his best at everything. It is not unusual for kids with unsuccessful parents to want to be better than the previous generation, especially children with another ethnic background. Their parents may not have been rich and had a hard time finding work, so they ended up living in a poor area and are now unable to leave because of the lack of education. Dukwane wants to leave this area...

Words: 969 - Pages: 4

Premium Essay

The Boys at the Back

...The Boys at the Back The boys’ grades are dropping and dropping, while the girls' grades are getting better and better every year. This is very frustrating for the young boys, and research shows that more and more of the young boys are dropping out of high school and college because of this problem.  But what is the explanation for this? That girls are smarter than boys? Or that boys do not have the brain capacity to straight A’s? Although this might be a delight for many teenage girls, this is not the case.  Christina Hoff Sommers has been brave enough to take this issue up for us in the media in her article “The Boys at the Back”.  Previously, it was the boys who were at the top of the society. The male gender was the ones who had the most and the best opportunities in educations, and so did they of course have the rights, which women have not always had. But beyond that, the parents also expected more of their sons than they did from their daughters; "Families’ favoring sons over daughters in allocating scarce resources for schooling; cultural norms that de-emphasized girls’ education, particularly past high school; an industrial economy that did not require a college degree to earn a living wage; and persistent discrimination toward women in the workplace.” (p. 1, ll. 19-21).  However, in our today’s society parents seems to look more identical at their children. There has always been a small gap in preparation to education between boys and girls. In the......

Words: 885 - Pages: 4

Premium Essay

Using Material from Item a and Elsewhere, Assess Sociological Explanations of Gender Differences in Achievement and Subject Choice. (20 Marks)

...In the past females have achieved less well than boys at higher levels in the education system, then during the 1990', the girls over took boys at all levels in the education system. The percentage of females in the UK achieving two or more A-levels or equivalent has increased from 20% in 1990 to 42% in 2006. Over the same time period, the percentage of males achieving the same level increased from 18% to 33%. On the other hand, there still continues to be a large difference in the choice of subjects by males and females. Even with the national curriculum being restrictive in the lower levels, meaning both male and females do the same subjects, when they get to a-levels and degree level, both male and females still tend to choose different subjects. At A-level males are more likely to study subjects such as; business studies, politics, economics and technical subjects, whereas females are more likely to study subjects such as; English and Modern Languages, and a large percentage also tend to choose Sociology and Psychology. Sociologists argue that these patterns of achievement and subject choice are the result of factors both within the education system and wider society. These changes within the education system are seen as the result of gender differences in education, although, external factors such as the impact of feminism, changes in the job market may have also influenced the increase in girls grades within education. Firstly, it may be argued that the way pupils......

Words: 797 - Pages: 4

Premium Essay

Happy Birthday, 1951

...World War. In the short story “Happy birthday, 1951” by Kurt Vonnegut, the main character finds hardness and salvation in life, after his survival of the second world war with a newly born baby Write a summary of the story: “Happy Birthday, 1951” The story starts with an older man and a young boy who are filling out a couple of social papers, which were given to them by a soldier. They begin talking about when the boy wants to have birthday, because the boy was never given a birthday, thus he can choose his own birthday which he wants to be the following day, because it is raining this day. The older man explains him that you are entitled to a birthday present every year when it is your birthday, which does not give him a whole lot of time to figure out what to give the boy. Afterwards the story tells us that they have been living in catacombs in the last seven years, where they have stolen food in the night. The following day, the boy gets an cart as a present and the older man takes him to a peaceful place. They fall asleep and when he wakes up the boy is gone, who he later founds. Characterize the boy and the old man The older man encountered the war, whereas the boy was only born in the end of the war. Therefore the man has experienced the worst parts of mankind's history, which, evidently, has enlighten him that peace is the only “true way”. As he says: “If you’ll let it be a truck, just for today.”(p.2, l.69), after being told that it was a tank - from......

Words: 851 - Pages: 4

Free Essay

Juvenile Delinquenccy

...juveniles growing up in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen in the 1960’s. Lorenzo Carcatarra claims it is a true story, but New York denies anything and everything. The four boys are good friends with their Catholic priest named Father Bobby, who is played by Robert DeNeiro. Father Bobby is a good priest who likes to have fun and play basketball, smoke, and drink, but he really cares about the boys. One time one of the boys was hit by his mother’s boyfriend and he had a talk with him and basically told him if you hit the by again ill kill you. One day the boys are hanging out on a rooftop and they decide to steel some hotdogs from a portable hotdog vendor, they’ve done it before so it was nothing new, but this time as the decoy boy orders a hotdog and don’t pay for it, and is chased by the hot dog vendor the three other kids start to push the cart, and as the other kid returns they move it over a subway stairway and as the vendor appears the boys cannot hold on any longer, so the cart goes down the steps and smashes a guy into the wall, h does not die but is hospitalized. The four juveniles go to court and three of them are sentenced to at least 1 year and not more than 18 months, and the other one is sentenced to at least 6 months and not more than one year. They are required to serve their term at the Wilkinson home for boys, it has 5 units and holds 780 juveniles. While serving there sentence a guard Shawn Nokes played by Kevin Bacon beats them and sexually abuses them with the......

Words: 966 - Pages: 4

Free Essay

Women

...intimidated by it and hide it. The idea of showing emotion scares most because people want to become numb to things like vulnerability and compassion. I personally feel like there was a point in time where I did not want to show emotion because I felt vulnerable and used. Many girls and boys in my generation have completely lost their emotion or hide it very well to put on this facade of not caring about anything and showing no emotion towards people they love and care for.     This denial of emotion has created many stereotypes for young men and women in my generation. Boys are typically categorized as tough and heartless, while girls are categorized as over emotional and heavy hearted. These stereotypes have shifted as well. Girls are now not to be trusted, serve as toys, and the “good girls” are typically taken advantage of. Boys have created this stereotype due to their own heartbreak with someone who they had a lot of feelings for. After the heartbreak they build this perception of females as a whole and that is when they start the act of the “player” role. With girls heartbreak is dealt differently. Usually the girl will keep trying with the same boy who is constantly hurting her but in some cases she will hit her breaking point and begin to “do her”. These are examples of young men and women who are denying their girl cells. They believe that investing feelings in someone is...

Words: 676 - Pages: 3

Premium Essay

Next Term I Will Mash You

...Next Term, we’ll Mash You By Penelope Lively Do you know about violence or bullying, or just heard about before? If you have or want to hear a short story about this kind of story, you might lie down and read this. In the text ”Next Term, we’ll mash you” we hear about this boy Charles who get threatened by some guys at his new school, because he is the ”new member.” How bad can it actually be? Next Term, we’ll Mash you is about a young boy named Charles who is sitting in a car with his parents. They are going to visit St Edward Preparatory school where Charles is going to start. When they come to the school the mother consider it as a lovely place. Charles and his parents are waiting for the headmaster, but meanwhile is the headmaster’s wife taking Charles out to see some of the boys and see what he might be letting himself in for. After seeing the boys at the school, he finds out how they are treating new members. ”Inside the car it was quiet. The boy sat on the back seat, a box of chocolates unopened, beside him and a comic folded” inside the car is there a quiet unhappy boy who is sitting in the back seat, while his parents drive him to his new school. The atmosphere is quiet because it is tens inside the car, nobody are talking especially not Charles. He has nothing to say, because this is not his own option for the new school. His parents have choosing the school for their own sake and not for his. Charles parents want him to go at that school because they......

Words: 1085 - Pages: 5