Defending a Theme

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“You gave my dead bird to a blind kid?!”

“Harry…I took care of it.” Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne are the smartest idiots in any movie ever. The theme of this movie that I thought was deemed worthy of appreciation was “just because somebody is dumb, doesn’t mean they aren’t trying to do the right thing”. Lloyd and Harry mean no harm but their stupidity makes it really hard to seem that way.

The movie first takes place in Providence, Rhode Island but ends up in Aspen, Colorado. Another character, Mary Swanson, leaves a briefcase in a Providence airport as money for thugs to pick up but Lloyd interferes with the transaction and tries getting the briefcase back to Mary. He misses his shot so he goes back home and goes to a store for beer and gets robbed by a “sweet old lady on a motorized cart”. This provokes the two to change their lives around and do something for themselves. Hence, why he travels to Aspen with Harry.┬áThe setting is a pretty important part in the theme of this movie. The two head for Aspen to try to do the right thing and end up taking a wrong turn and head to Nebraska. If it wasn’t for Aspens frigid year round cold and the Rockies, Lloyd and Harry wouldn’t have known better to turn around. Lloyd and Harry end up fighting and break open the briefcase to find a whole lot of money. They try to be responsible and tally up what they used with I.O.Us but in the end, the money is just gone. It seems as though that Lloyd and Harry are the protagonists and antagonists because they are the only two that carry out the theme of the movie. They both try to do the right thing but they also end up accidentally stopping each other in ridiculous fashion. For instance, at the end of the movie, there is a bus full of bikini models that drive up next to Lloyd and Harry. They said they were looking for two guys to oil them up before their shows and Lloyd innocently tells the ladies that they would have better luck finding guys in the town down the road.

See, they obviously made a big mistakes but they also obviously tried to help someone else out.

P.S. I couldn’t figure out how to fix the time but I’m turning this in at 11:36 pm.

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Week 2

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The first week of school was obviously easy and week 2 was not too much different. Granted, we got more work but nothing I could not handle. Anatomy is by far the most work heavy class but I love anatomy so it doesn’t bother me that much. I knew we would fall upon notes in American Lit. eventually so I did not try to avoid the obvious and stress myself out. Mr. McGarry actually taught me quite a bit. I am not saying I was surprised Mr. McGarry could actually teach, I was just surprised at how much it opened my eyes to the world of literature in such little time. Off the top of my head I remember him saying about how the antagonist and protagonist are created based on their involvement in the story. Another thing I learned which kind of blew my mind was that a character that comes in and has a single purpose and that is to change the outcome…can still be considered a minor character. An obvious one that I should have known was that climax is when the reader is at their highest involvement in the story. I never thought of it like that! It is totally and completely true but I would have never guessed it. I also learned that “denouement” means “untying” which is, you guessed it, the falling action. Another key thing I learned was that setting has a huge involvement in a story. It reveals stuff about a character spiritually, psychologically, economically, and physically. Like, wouldn’t a story be different if a person was stuck in the desert looking for food rather than New York? Of course! That is a bad example but you get my point. It can also affect the character mentally. Going back to my wonderful example, the person would be more mentally defeated knowing he is in the desert rather than the city. That could affect him spiritually too! It all helps one another and that is why setting is so important. Star Wars would literally lose its name if the setting wasn’t space itself…