“Time is a monster that cannot be reasoned with. It responds like a snail to our impatience...then it races like a gazelle when you can 't catch your breath.” This is said by adult Joe Wenteworth and he is saying that waiting for time to go by can be lengthy but when you look back it seems hurried. Joe acknowledges this when he is at Simon Birch’s grave and looks back at his memories of him. Simon Birch is a film about a young, disabled boy trying to become a hero along with his best friend Joe Wenteworth. Throughout his journey Simon has three central character traits that are particularly expressed, he is remarkably courageous, optimistic and faithful. The first heroic quality Simon Birch portrays in the film is courage. He constantly considers others …show more content…
Finally, the last characteristic Simon possesses is that he is devotedly faithful. He is an enormous believer of God and loves sharing his faith with other people. This is proven during various conversations with Reverend Russell and his best friend, Joe Wenteworth. When Simon is talking to the reverend, he suggests that God made him the way he is for a reason and says, “I think I 'm God 's instrument - that he 's gonna use me to carry out his plan.” Despite the reverend not agreeing to this statement, Simon still has faith he is. The last occurrence when Simon is faithful is when he is continually encouraging Joe to be joyful. Simon claims, “Your problem is that you have no faith.” Joe responds, “I got faith. I just need proof to back it up.” Joe is more of a pessimist and practical person. Therefore, Simon is there hence he can inspire Joe to be further positive. In summary, Simon Birch is incredibly courageous because he always stands up for what he believes in, optimistic because he is joyful no matter what other people may think of him and faithful because of his devotion for God. He presents these characteristics throughout the film in frequent diverse ways. In the end of it all Simon Birch is a true
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Imagine you are in a courtroom doing jury duty for a case. One table sits the characters from the book “The Scarlet Ibis.” Doodle and Brother sit together nervously wringing their hands together, while their mother, father, and Aunt Nicey sit in the audience directly behind them. At another table, the actors from the 1998 movie Simon Birch sit together. They sit content and ready to begin the trial.
People see me and immediately think the best of me. Once they know me, they like me even more. If it ever came out that I’d actually done something to Simon, plenty of people would hate me.” This quote is found on page one hundred forty-four. It is in the narration of Cooper.
Simon wants to find his destiny “ I think God made me the way I am for a reason.” ~ Simon Birch. Later in the story Simon finds his destiny,Saving kids from a sinking school bus which had crashed into a freezing cold lake. Simon had an ability to talk to kids and have them listen with no distractions because of his small stature.
Softer!--- You leave the loudness to the Methodist. You couldn’t beat ‘em even if you wanted to. Now again!” Simon clearly wanted perfection for the upcoming performance and his demands showed his expectations. However, as the play progresses, it becomes clear that Simon is also struggling with many personal issues, particularly alcoholism.
He tries to forgive himself but he cannot, no matter how hard he tries. The heroic characteristics as well as the flaw leads him to be a tragic hero. On top of his road to self discovery he must deal with the ever declining social structure of the town. He tries to stand out as an honest resistor to the hangings, which ultimately leads to his
Similarly, Simon has an engrained goodness in him that shines through even in the toughest moments. He retrieved Piggy’s glasses after they were knocked off his face post a punch in the face by Jack, and, like Christ, he was good with kids, helping the younger littluns pick fruit, finding “for them fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands” (Golding 56). Simon was also very wise and insightful, and maybe even slightly prophetic. When he was dehydrated and hallucinating, he imagined the
In the dramatic short story Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst a boy named Doodle and his brother encounter many obstacles similar to the brothers in the movie Simon Birch even though they come from starkly different family situations. Doodle and Simon were always the underdogs and wanted to be accepted. Doodle wasn’t accepted by his brother whereas Simon’s brother always looked at him like an equal. There brothers teach them many things like baseball and how to walk. Simon and Doodle are always happy and never sad or down.
In the novel, Tomorrow When The War Began, by John Marsden is about eight teenagers who confronted a situation that is out of their security and are trying to save their families. Fi, Homer, and Ellie are few of the characters that showed courageousness in the novel; finding out their unknown courage, taking risks, and not giving up to everything that happens. It is some of John Marsden’s message about courage. The characters also demonstrate it while they were in conflict with the soldiers who invaded their town and imprison their families in the Showground. Courage is what Ellie has that she never thought she had.
In the movie Simon Birch, we learn many aspects from the main character relating to our SPIES unit. The Main character Simon Birch was born the smallest baby of Grapeville in recorded history. When he was born, the doctors believed Simon would only be alive for days or a weeks at maximum, because of a undersized heart. Mr and Mrs. Birch didn’t care for Simon and carried on in their normal daily lives. Believing their son would pass away.
The famous scientist, Albert Einstein, once said, “Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character”. In Laura Hillenbrand’s book Unbroken, Louie demonstrates the importance of these words with his confident personality. Through fighting in the war, getting stranded at sea, and being tortured in prison camps, Louie still remained strong and hopeful. If it wasn’t for his confident personality, he may not have made it through these trials. A delinquent from a young age, if Louis put his mind to something, he couldn’t be stopped.
The reason why time passes is because in the poem it says," It was twelve by the village clock. When Paul Revere crossed the bridge into Medford town, it was one by the village clock. When he galloped on his horse into Lexington, he saw the gilded weathercock swim in the moonlight as he passed, and the meeting-house windows, blank and bare, gaze at him with a spectral glare, as if they already stood aghast at the bloody work which they would look upon. " Henry Wadsworth Longfellow then says," Through all our history, to the last,
If I were in Simon’s place, I would not have granted Karl forgiveness. I think Simon was right not to have forgiven Karl because
Courage is Earned! Courage can't just be said it has to be shown. In the book Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor, Mr. L.T. Morrision is the most brave, loyal, and kind person you will meet. Mr. Morrison showed courage by standing to the Wallaces, he moved Kaleb Wallace's car off the road, and when he stayed with the Logans even though he could get hurt Mr. Morrison’s actions proved that he knows what is right and he is going to stand up for that no matter what. Even though his parents were killed by whites, he stays calm and knows exactly how to deal with the situation.
Although Simon does show traits of a Christ figure, he does not fully live up to the archetype of a Christ figure. To be a Christ figure is someone must show the traits of the Biblical Christ. In the Bible, Christ fed people who could not feed themselves, and Simon fed the littluns ripe fruit, so that they could eat without getting sick. Simon’s role as a failed Christ figure is shown in his violent and ineffective “crucifixion” and “resurrection”, and his failure at getting them to listen and be reassured by what he had to say. One of the reasons Simon is a failed Christ figure, is that he just died, unlike Christ, who died a martyr to save humanity, and was resurrected from the dead.