Facing Difficulties in Billy Elliot and The Seeker

Individuals may experience consequences as they transition into the world due to society’s perception of normal. However, these transitions involve them to create a lasting and powerful feeling of overcoming barriers. This may enable them to disregard stereotypes as well as the context in which society places. Through this, the determination to change will allow them to overcome such obstacles that may interfere with their end goal that they strive for, thus provoking the conflicting demands of self and other. Stephen Daldry’s film, Billy Elliot’ and David Whyte’s Newspaper article, ‘The Seeker’, both expose the obstacles as well as the conflicting demands of self and other in which individuals transition into a new world and how with a determination, comes a positive outcome. Daldry reveals this motif of exploring transitions and confronting demands of self and other in his film Billy Elliot. A boy who has struggled to adhere to the gender stereotypes in which society places, to be exact the city of Durham, must cope with the current situation in which a strike is occurring with the mines and men are no longer working. His brother, Tony and tangled father, Jackie are fighting in the strike, however Billy is becoming passionate in ballet dancing and starts to become his true self.

The audience sees straight from the opening scene, the slow motion shot in contrast with the close up of his lively face which evokes his natural enthusiasm, energy and eagerness. Although the audience may not know his true background, he is seen as cheerful and possesses a natural quality of willpower. The scene is accompanied by the lyrics “I was dancing when I was twelve I danced myself right out the womb” which therefore foreshadows his passion for ballet dancing. As he enters this new world of Ballet, he is confronted with many barriers, one including the disproving from his father. The situation of his father finding out he does ballet w.

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