Unbreakable By M Night Shyamalan

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Challenges in life are inevitable; individuals face new challenges everyday. The way they respond to them affects the decisions they make. This idea of the importance of an individual 's response to challenge is often explored through literature. In the film, Unbreakable, the filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan utilizes powerful characterization to suggest that when one is faced with challenges, one may respond with acts of ambition and determination, or one may respond with indifference, pessimism, and disinterest. When Elijah Price faces challenges, he responds with actions of ambition and determination to solve his difficulties. In the film, the antagonist Elijah faces the challenge of dealing with his disease, osteogenesis imperfecta. Yet, he…show more content…
You will always be afraid…I got a present for you," Elijah then agrees to go across the street to get the present. This reveals that Elijah becomes determined or else he would not have went across the street to get the present with his fragile body. He overcomes his fear and responds to his challenge of being afraid to break like glass with ambition and determination. Furthermore, Elijah faces the challenge of finding his opposite and responds with immense determination to find someone invincible. This is a challenge because it is arduous to find someone the opposite of him with seven billion individuals in this world. However, Elijah does not give up and responds with acts of ambition. For instance, Elijah orchestrates many fatal disasters and causes hundreds of deaths, merely to find his opposite. This is evident when Elijah 's opposite says, "You killed all of those people," and Elijah replies, "But I found you. So many sacrifices, just to find you." This proves that Elijah is so ambitious to overcome his challenge of finding his opposite, he murders people. Also, this action causes Elijah to be dispatched to a sanatorium, but he does not worry about this because he…show more content…
In the novel, David faces the challenge of not comprehending why he does not get hurt and responds with disinterest and indifference. This is evident when Joseph tells his dad, "I thought maybe because you 're my dad... I thought I might be like you... I 'm not like you," and David replies indifferently, "You are like me. We can both get hurt. I 'm just an ordinary man." This proves that David does not believe he does not get hurt, even though he survived a fatal train crash. He responds to his challenge of not knowing why he never gets hurt with indifference and disinterest. Moreover, David faces the challenge of building a relationship with his wife, Audrey, yet responds with disinterest. This is apparent when he plans to leave his family and go to New York. The babysitter says, "I didn 't know you guys were moving to New York," and Audrey replies, "We 're not moving," expressing that David is planning to leave his family behind instead of fixing his relationship with Audrey. This is also established when David is on the train, and when a woman sits beside him, he takes off his ring. This reveals that he does not want to get back with Audrey and face this challenge, and instead responds with acts of disinterest. Furthermore, David faces the challenge of trusting Elijah 's claim of him being invincible and responds with pessimism and disinterest. This is proven when Joseph
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