Grace Fleming has a master's degree in education and is an academic advisor and college enrollment counselor. She lectures and writes about study skills. Updated December 23, Most of the time when you are tasked with an essay about a book or article you've read for a class, you will be expected to write in a professional and impersonal voice. Smartly, Grethel told the old witch she did not understand how to get in the oven.
Ultimately, the witch was engulfed in flames resulting in her ruin. Like Hansel, Grethel is depicted as a stronger, smarter character than the adults, especially the witch, within this fairytale. Both children easily trick the adults.
In addition, they have the power to find their way through the woods at the end of the story with no pebbles or bread to guide them. The two children truly have an enormous amount of agency as they not only can outsmart the adults, but also can manipulate nature to help them.
It is as if Hansel and Grethel gain more confidence, and agency as they manipulate and conquer every obstacle crossing their path. Another example of why this text is child-centered is how the adults are depicted. First, it is important to note that it is only the children who have names. In addition, the adults are all portrayed as selfish, weak, and evil.
The wild animals would soon come and tear them to pieces! Then we must all four die of hunger, thou mayest as well plane the planks for our coffins. The father barely stood up for his children, and let his wife send them to their deaths. He merely gave into her, even though it was clear that he loved his children dearly.
Although he is a good character, he has no power to stand up for what he believed and felt strongly for. Therefore, it is apparent, that all three adults in this story are perceived as evil or weak, making this a truly child-centered text. She believed that they could never locate their way out of the woods because they were mere children, and would have no adult to guide them. However, they break these assumptions by finding their way through the forest not once, but twice.
This is extremely progressive, because it challenges some of the stereotypical assumptions about childhood. Children are often thought of as very dependent on their parents and innocent; however, Hansel and Grethel clearly do not need their parents to find their way. In fact, the children not only found their way through the confusing woods and saved themselves from the horrid witch, but they also saved their father. In a more conservative text the father would have been the savior; however, it is Hansel and Grethel who hold all the power and save the day.
It challenges assumptions about children, and gives children a great amount of agency. Hansel and Grethel are depicted as capable strong characters, whereas the adults are seen as evil and weak. The children also reject the norms of childhood that suggest life for a child is simple and fun, as they understand their lives are complex, and they work hard to control the situations around them.
By there same token, there are certain things that are expected of a girl to maintain her societal femininity. From a young age, we are lead to believe that boys are the dominant, more powerful sex. Females are portrayed as care takers and are often seen as being more compassionate and caring then males are. Men are expected to rougher and less sensitive.
The men are expected to work hard to bring home money to support their families. Females are often portrayed as being more in touch with their emotions. None of these ideas applies to any one person any more so then do personality traits, but our society interpellates these ideas into our minds every minute of every day.
The following passage is from my paper on the Goonies, in which I highlight some examples of the interpellation typical female and male roles in this movie. The boys seem to be portrayed in the usual ways, as being mischievous and thrill seeking, while the girls are shown as weak and scared.
The oldest girl, Andy, seems more concerned with her crush throughout the movie then she does with finding the gold and taking an active role in the adventure. There is a point in the movie where Mikey tells Andy that she may want to hold his hand because it was dark up ahead and it may be dangerous. This is another example of the girls and the guys being put into common roles that society has created for them.
As we have been told since we were young children through fairy tales and everyday life, men are supposed to take care of females and be there to protect them. This statement reaffirms the idea of interpellation of typical male and female roles in this film. The developers son is driving a convertible and wearing his letter jacket and has two girls in his car, while Brent is wearing ratty old sweats and is riding his little brothers bike.
Interpellation is shown in the idea that the rich kids are cool and popular, while the poor kids are unpopular and outcasts. At the end of the movie, when the family realizes they have enough money to save their home, they come together and hug each other and really show affection towards each other for the first time in the movie.
Again, interpellation is shown in that money and material things bring happiness. Children who are born into wealth and privilege are showcased in reality television and documentaries, further rubbing our noses in the fact that there are parents who can provide for their children in ways that you or I could never imagine from a material standpoint.
Our culture seems to go out of its way to display this quality, to make those who have more feel better about themselves and those who have less feel worse. I think this reoccurring theme is strong in the Goonies. As described in the excerpt Mikeys family is portrayed as poor and unhappy. The rich family holds the happiness of the poor family in its hands. Should selling and production of cigarettes be banned altogether? Is the behavioral pattern of children raised in single-parent families different from that of children that come from both parents' home.
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Do conflicts erupt due to religion? Discuss health risks associated with eating too much deep fried food. You should always remember that critiquing doesn't mean insulting. You don't just point out the flaws - you provide the explanations and argumentation. If you don't think that you're up for that task - just contact us! Without a meaning in life, Frankl feels, we experience emptiness and loneliness that lead to apathy and despair.
This need for meaning was demonstrated to Frankl time and again with both himself and other prisoners who were faced with the horrors of camp existence. Frankl was able to sustain himself partly through the love he felt for his wife.
In a moment of spiritual insight, he realized that his love was stronger and more meaningful than death, and would be a real and sustaining force within him even if he knew his wife was dead. Frankl's comrades also had reasons to live that gave them strength. One had a child waiting for him; another was a scientist who was working on a series of books that needed to be finished.
Finally, Frankl and his friends found meaning through their decision to accept and bear their fate with courage. He says that the words of Dostoevsky came frequently to mind: "There is one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my suffering. He has since had great success in working with patients by helping them locate in their own lives meanings of love, work, and suffering. The Capos were prisoners who acted as trustees, and Frankl says they acted more cruelly toward the prisoners than the guards or the SS men.
Several psychological factors help explain this cruelty. Frankl and other prisoners must have been a constant reminder to the Capos of the courage and integrity they themselves lacked.
When our behaviors and values are threatened by someone else acting in a different way, one way we may react is with anger and aggression. The Capos are an extreme example of how, if the situation is right, we may be capable of great cruelty to those whose actions threaten our standards.
Many people are unhappy because they are caught in jobs where they have no responsibility and creativity; their work lacks meaning. Many are also unhappy because our culture seems to stress sexual technique in social relationships rather than human caring.
You should also indicate here whether or not you would recommend the work to others, and why. At the end of the movie, when the family realizes they have enough money to save their home, they come together and hug each other and really show affection towards each other for the first time in the movie. We make assumptions like the previous constantly, based on appearance alone. Evaluate the merit of the work: the importance of its points, its accuracy, completeness, organization, and so on. The Capos are an extreme example of how, if the situation is right, we may be capable of great cruelty to those whose actions threaten our standards. Frankl's comrades also had reasons to live that gave them strength.