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Hero Analytical Exposition
in feature films the hero tends to be a product of their society and era, thus their antagonist is the personification of everything they are fighting against. But when the hero is an unwilling one are they still fighting the antagonist or the cause and effect senario which is pushing them to greatness.
In various films the antagonist is the corporation, in others itâ€™s the bully down the street. But in Battle Royale and Rebel Without A Cause, the antagonist is also the hero. Because the demon they fight is themselves. They battle through the adversity and dogma of their age and era to rise to greatness and the title of hero. but these heroes are made not born and therefore it is a process. Battle Royale and Rebel Without A Cause show the audiance a glimpse of this process.
Shakespeare once said that some people are born great, others are made great and some have greatness thrust upon them. This may be true but not always are the to-be heroes entirely willing to partisipate in the processes involved.
The heroes, Jim Stark and Nanahara Shuya from Rebel Without A Cause and Battle Royale respectively very much fit into the category of being unwillingly thrust into greatness. But also from this arises another very important question, at what point in this do they achieve that greatness and the title of hero?
Throughout each of these movies the heroes continue to fight against their title of greatness, unwilling to bend and change to become the hero, but when someone close to them is threatened they immediately step up and take the role they have been fighting. through careful scee choice this is shown step by step.
The characters in each film are products of their society and era, and since they were made in such different times and places it can be expected that they would be almost completely different types of heroes, but are they?
In Rebel Without A Cause, which was made in 1955, Jim Stark, is a struggling teenager, trying to deal with all the issues of his age and gender. He battles with thugs and the oppression of his society and most of all his parents. Jim, wanting to fit the mould but unable to cope turns to drinking and hooliganism. He is a proud character and James Dean plays this part beautifully. The dramatic emphasis of the close ups on his distort face when Plato is killed and the long shots of him stumbling around the streets at the start of the film continue to add to the idea of an unwilling hero, trying to fight his title.
The audience is positioned to see Jim as a hero in the making and to sympathize with him for his situation. After Jim is called a chicken by a gang of thugs he is challenged to a car racing game called chicken, where they race in cars toward the bluff edge and the first to jump is a chicken. Jim knows this a bad idea and tries to talk to his dad about it but only ends up frustrated at him for being bullied by his wife all the time and his inability to stand on his own two feet and defend himself.
At the race Jim jumps first, but Buzz's sleeve catches on the door handle and he drives off the edge and falls dramatically to his death. This is the first time Jim stands up to take his place as hero by stopping Judy, Buzz's girlfriend, from jumping after him. The camera angle and pauses in dialogue create a tense and desperate mood as Jim reaches out to take Judyâ€™s hand and pull her away from the temptations of despair.
Battle Royale was made in 2003 and is set in a time of turmoil in Japan where the teenagers were getting out of control. Because of this the government issues an act called the Battle Royale act, that each year a class would be chosen at random to fight out a battle to the death on a deserted island. This year Nanaharaâ€™s class is chosen and they are all pinned against each other in a fight for survival, where only one person can win.
Nanaharaâ€™s past is already a sad tale and with this new battle to face he is pushed to take on his role of hero and just like Jim Stark he is unwilling to do this, but in the end when the lives of those he loves is threatened he steps up and fights to the finish.
After coming home to find his father committed suicide after his first day of high school and watching his best friend die, the character of Nanahara Shuya is presentede as a complex and bitter one. The movie uses these teamed with his love for a girl named Noriko to create a character that the average audience can understand and sympathize with. In the scene where Shuya has to carry Noriko to a hut because she has collapsed from exhaustion, it is shot from a short distance to show how he struggles under her with the raging seas behind him. His face is torn and desperate, but he pushes forward in search of help in any way. He continually sacrifices himself throughout the movie to help and save others. At one po int this backfires and Oki one of his friends attacks him and Noriko. So he is forced to defend her and in doing so he kills him. This particular scene is dramatized by camera angles and the fast paced orchestral music. The character of Nanahara is obviously torn when after Oki (the attacker) dies and he runs to Noriko in a ruthless confrontation, 'Did I kill him? Tell me the truth, you were watching. Did I?'
Nanahara is shown to the audience as a 'serve and protect' hero rather than the more brutal types shown on regular American TV. And it is in this way that Nanahara Shuya and Jim Stark are so alike in their charactersâ€™ heroic behaviours.
While Nanahara struggles with the idea that he has murdered someone for the sake of saving another, Jim Stark battles the frustration toward the police and his parents for shooting his friend Plato when he had done everything in his power to save him.
this is dramatised through how Jim Stark cries as he runs to the body of his friend â€˜I got the bullets! LOOK!â€™
The heroes in battle royale and rebel without a cause both strive to save their own and sacrifice themselves to do this, to be the hero. Even as they sometimes fail, like when Plato is killed, they succeed in all the ways that those who never tried fail. For the ways that no matter how they resisted the need to stand up and be counted, for all the ways they tried to simply disappear and become a face in the crowd, they could not. and although they may not yet have fully taken on the persona of a hero, they are very much on the way. Because when you are both the villain and the hero, your fight is constantly with you and you cannot
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