Rites of Passage - Analyze Stand by Me Essay
2325 WordsNov 2nd, 200810 Pages
Rites of passage, the journeys that dot the edges of our ultimate quest through life. They are the universal changes that can be as insignificant as a first kiss but with everlasting effects on our perspective on life. Stand By Me is a movie that was first released in 1986 from the studios of Director Robert Reiner. It details the story of four pre-adolescent teens, Gordie, Chris, Teddy and Vern who embark upon a quest to find the dead body of Ray Brower, a kid also around their age that had been missing from the town for weeks. These friends trek many miles with less than adequate food and nothing but their friendships holding them together. It is during this quest that, after setting out to find the body, finding it and then being…show more content…
These are just some examples of how the characters change throughout the movie, however there are specific scenes where this takes place quite obviously.
The first scene that demonstrates these things really well is the scene where Chris finally comes out of his tough guy shell and pours his heart out to Gordie. This scene is very important because it signifies the real start of Chris and Gordie’s brotherly relationship, the one that would effectively replace Gordie’s lost brother and allow him to move on. This is a major rite of passage because it signifies a new beginning for the both of them, along with the fact that for Gordie this is the first time he’s stepped up to fulfill the leadership qualities that he possesses but tends to refrain from using for fear of being brought down by others. Both the filmic codes and narrative conventions are heavily apparent in this scene. Just some symbolism can be seen through aspects in the scene such as Gordie’s arm over Chris, the visible sign of their brotherly relationship. This combined with the fact that throughout the scene both Chris and Gordie are level in their height and position and screen, showing that after breaking out of his tough guy shell Chris is really on the same level as Gordie. The main audio code here was the crackling of the fire in the background that signifies the warmth and love in the newly forming relationship. Combined again with technical medium shots of Gordie and Chris
The Body Vs. "Stand By Me"
This is a comparison between the book The Body, by Stephen King, and the movie made based on it, Stand By Me. It talks about whether or not the movie captures the essence of the book.
Have you ever tried to interpret or describe another person's dream they have told you about? Oppositely, has anyone ever tried to interpret or describe one of your dreams to another person after you have told them? If so, how did it turn out? More than likely, their description and/or interpretation of how they viewed the occurrences in your dream were far different than the actual visions that you had in your head. For that reason, only you yourself can describe and interpret something that has happened to or is personal to you most accurately when sharing it with others. We see a good example of this in the movie the "Stand By Me" based on the book, The Body by Stephen King. While capturing most of the sentiments that Stephan King bestowed upon us as readers, the director did not successfully capture the most important aspects in certain and important scenes of the movie. In essence, the movie does not successfully capture the story's soul in depth when covering the three themes of friendship, growing up and social status.
First and foremost, we will take a look at the theme of friendship in comparison to the book and the movie. In the movie, there seems to be a major focus on the value of friendship. I don't believe the value of friendship is as notarized in the novel as it is in the movie. For instance, while Chris and Gordie (two main characters) are walking together without the companionship of Vern and Teddy (the other two), Chris asserts powerful and yet realistic words to Gordie. " 'And you know what Gordie? By next June, we'll all be quits.'?'It's asshole if your friends can drag you down.'(p380-p381) " This basically says it all right here. However, if that is not enough evidence, King once again shows that friendship is not that important in this next quote: "'Teddy and Vern slowly became two more faces in three-thirty detention. We nodded and said hi. That was all.'(p432)" They went from being the best of friend to nearly unfamiliar faces and forgotten memories. Friendship was clearly not in the air here. In opposition, the movie portrays the theme friendship to be so very valued like when Chris cries in front of Gordie. Chris would not have been that soft to cry. The movie portrays the idea of "What are friends for?" Stephen King just focuses more on the matter of growing up and how your social status affects your life where the movie's main theme is friendship, completely missing the heart of the book in that particular subject matter.
Subsequently, we are brought to the theme of growing up. This is one of the true themes of the book and yet the theme that is not well represented in the movie. King gives...
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