The story mainly revolves around pride, and what people are capable of, in order to protect them. When Creon was throned as king, and ordered for Polynices to be denied with a proper burial, it was because he was against him and also because he had a strong belief of state and human law. On the contrary, Antigone followed a conscience and divine law, in which, she wanted to give her brother a proper burial. She wanted to bury her brother, because it was the right thing to do. Even though she was aware of the consequences of burying her brother, she still chose the righteous thing to do. The way Antigone didn’t let fear take over her own beliefs and the law over her pride, encourages me to do things, which I believe, are more appropriate, even though it could be against what is expected.
Throughout the movie, Chris, a father of a five year old boy, battles against poverty, as it comes closer to their family. When he spent most of his family's personal money to expensive medical scanners, he realizes how doctors are not pleased with the price of the scanners. Consequently, this brought his family in debt which led to their hardship. With all the financial struggles he faced, giving up was never his option because he knew that it would lead him and his son, nowhere. One of the scenes in the movie, which touched me the most, was when one night, after a long day of trying to sell scanners, they came back in their apartment and all their belongings were outside. They were kicked out, because their rent was overdue, which led them into sleeping at the train station's bathroom for the night. In addition, another scene which captured my attention the most was when he told his son "Don't ever let somebody tell you, you can't do something." Overcoming his difficult journey along with his son, was possible through his effort and self reliance. If it would have happened to other people, they might have already given up, but Chris was different, in which he followed his own belief that he had the ability to get through this chapter of his life.
After all the innovations in technology, happening because of the Circle, and with everyone's admiration for the improvements made overtime, Mercer, was not a part of the large amount of people who supported transparency. Even though he had a past relationship with Mae, this does not change his opinion about how technology dehumanizes people. Although, at the end of the novel, he risked his own life, all because of Mae's demonstration of a new technology previously invented in the company, in which she used to track down Mercer, causing for him to commit suicide. Regardless of how much desire there was, transparency became too global, he did not follow the crowd, instead, he fought for what he thought was right. Despite his resistance on transparency, Mercer's death in the Circle reminds me that standing up for what you believe in, is far better than giving in for other people's satisfaction.
A coming-of-age drama, written by Nicholas Sparks, follows the miracles in Jamie Sullivan's life before she gets taken away. Jamie was a seventeen-year-old girl who does not care about others ‘opinions about her. Being involved in the church choir, she was the daughter of Beaufort’s town preacher. In addition, she held a strong belief of faith and was different than the rest of the students in her school. Carrying bibles almost everywhere she went to, her schoolmates made fun of her for who she was and what she believed in. In one of the scenes, a group of friends made fun of her for wearing too-conservative clothes and for sounding too innocent, mimicking her low voice as she passes by them. Though, one of those group of friends, would later on, fall in love with her. Landon Carter, introduced as an immature boy at the beginning of the movie, would eventually grow as the person who would be the contrast to who he was, before he’d met Jamie. One of her most significant personality was that she was not embarrassed of what she had strong beliefs in. This was also one of the few reasons why Landon changed and fell in love with her. Usually, when people are not ashamed of who they are, they are more capable of being accepted rather than the ones who try to hide behind their real self.
Based on real events, "girlboss" follows the emergence of a clothing brand, founded by Sophia Amoruso. In this series, Sophia Marlowe, the fictional version of Sophia Amoruso, faces different struggles as she tries to prove to everyone that she could survive living independently. She began buying cheap vintage clothing, and selling them at high prices on Ebay. Although, many competitor began taking her down, and eventually getting her banned from the online shopping company. As a result, this does not stop her from doing what she wanted, this had only motivated her to launch her own website, in which she could sell her own clothes, without getting any restrictions. Facing different obstacles in between her success, she still managed to make the clothing brand "Nasty gal," a multi-million dollar company. When she recreated other people's design, she made the clothes better and more fascinating, through her own sense of style.
Clueless follows a story of a privileged and popular high school girl, Cher, who becomes successful in trying to help others, such as giving them makeovers or helping them rise up in their school's social class. Despite of her efforts in other people's lives, when it comes to her own self, she is clueless. Although, putting these aside, one of her most significant trait is how she manages to keep up with her fashion, even with all the high school dramas going on in her life. One of the few reasons why this is one of my favorite classic 90's movies, is because she had her own unique fashion, different from the others. Cher sets her own rules, when it comes to her style, rather than imitating what most girls in her school were wearing. Relying on her own fashion made her stand out in the crowd.
In A Separate Peace, Finny is the symbol of youth and innocence. Through his value of self-reliance, he represented the importance of doing things "naturally" and proved that, it is better to speak whatever is on our mind, rather than concealing it. Contrary to Finny, Gene was an example of a character whom concealed his own knowledge, which led into his evil side taking over himself. Finny set an example on how things are better done, naturally, without relying on others' opinions. An example of how Finny portrayed this, is when he broke their school's swimming record, and did not care enough for it to be taken seriously and be recorded by the school, as to what Gene had insisted, because he only swam for fun. Finny probably did not want for it to be recorded, because he knew that it would make him seem like everyone else. It would make him seem like he was trying to achieve that title, which was not who he was.
This song talks mainly about someone whom had a difficult past relationship, and tries to have a come back, in which she/he had become more independent and stronger, especially when the song says "I make my own rules, and my own plans, I make no room for no man, that's my way." Learning from his/her past relationship, she comes back and realizes that he/she does not have to distance herself from anyone, because she knows that there's always going to be someone who's going to end up with him/her "But I don't need space from you and every single thing you do, I like. I've been chased maybe I just knew I had to wait for you." She's become more confident about her own fate. Maybe in her past relationships, she relied more on her significant other, more than her self, which probably caused the failure of the relationship.
One of the most important life lessons, Beauty and the Beast had taught me as of today is self-worth. Watching the Beauty and the Beast as a kid, gave us all a realization that it is okay to be different. Being considered different from the rest of the people from her village, through beauty and passion for reading, Belle did not let others' criticism affect who she was and what she wanted. She knew that she deserved more, therefore, she did not settle for anything or anyone less. When a conceited man, Gaston, tries to attract Belle in their small village, she ignores him, because she knows that she deserves more. Even though Gaston is admired by most of the women living in their village, Belle signifies who or what would satisfy her own self, which was a better man and reading books.
A decision made by her fake mother was that Rapunzel would be restricted from getting out of the tower, because she referred to the outside world as an unsafe place to be in. Although, one day, she refuses her mother's order and went outside of the tower. In addition, she asked for a thief's help and befriends him, to locate where the lanterns come from. Despite of being locked in the tower most of her life, she made a decision to finally get outside, even though she knew that her mom would've gotten really mad, she insisted on her self to go outside, because it is what she wanted. Sometimes, what we want requires our own courage, because happiness is never achieved easily.