Coming of Age

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Coming of Age

Stereotypes are given to people that last them a lifetime. Stereotype is defined as a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. The way someone acts, talks, dresses all contribute to how this person is stereotyped. Common stereotypes in high school are the jock, the popular girl, the troubled child and the nerd. There are many coming of age films that have characters that play these stereotypical roles. Films such as Stand by Me, Now and Then, and The Sandlot all have characters that play stereotypical roles. Out of the three coming of age films that were watched during class,I believe Stand by Me had the most stereotypical characters that functioned to achieve the director’s purpose.

The main character in the film Stand by Me is Gordie. He fits the stereotype of being the youngest child. Often times in families where there are more than one child, the younger child fits a certain stereotype. This stereotype being the neglected child. The youngest child typically has more freedom than older siblings. Also, the youngest child is always compared to their older siblings. We see this in this film with how Gordie’s parents don’t really care about him or what he does. An example is when there’s a flashback from before Gordie’s brother died and the whole family is sitting at the dinner table. Gordie’s parents are so intrigued in his brother’s life and once Gordie goes to talk, they ignore him. When they’re at the dinner table Gordie’s dad starts to talk about the football game. Gordie repeatedly asks his father for the potatoes but he is ignored. Gordie’s brother begins to talk about the story that Gordie wrote and his father blames his wife for getting him off topic and says “see what you do? You mention girls and he’s already off topic and not focussed on the game”. This quote shows how…...

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