Pay It Forward Reflection

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Preamble The Hollywood movie Pay It Forward, starring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and Haley Joel Osment, tells the story of a young boy’s idealistic hope for changing the world. Challenged by his teacher Mr. Simonet to “think of an idea to change the world and put it into action,” Trevor, the story’s protagonist, creates a plan to cause this transformation (Abrams & Levy, 2000). The premise is that each individual would need to do something really good and really hard for three other people who would then be required to “pay it forward” to three other people. This pyramid scheme would end up causing exponential amounts of people doing really good and really hard things for countless others in a very short period of time. Trevor McKinney seeks to engage the world in his seventh grade social studies class by implementing this idea. While his idea is, in and of itself, not a novel idea, his personal attempts to implement it most certainly disrupt the established way of doing things, and alongside the life and reality of the people in the story, create a mirage of incidents and implications for not only the characters within the story but also for review from a school counseling perspective. The three main characters of the story are entrenched against their own life conflicts and struggles. Trevor is trying to solve the problems of his alcoholic mother and create the family he has always wanted. Arlene, Trevor’s mother, hits rock bottom, when she hits him, and this prompts her
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