I am here, even though you don't see me

Essay by sanrioprincessHigh School, 12th gradeA+, May 2002

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This essay is about people putting a label on another individual and the effects it has on the person. The essay particulary focusus on a character from the movie, The Breakfast Club. It focuses on the nerd in the movie, Brian. It also tries to make the reader think about his/her role in the "labeling" game. i.e.-are you the mocker, or the mockee?

I am Here, Even Though You Don't See Me

Have you ever been ridiculed for your beliefs, ways or convictions? Have you been given an undue label unfairly because of being who you are? Or rather, are you the person who unreasonably hands out the labels, or the one that cheers on and aides the ones that actually do the disreputable work? Correct me if I'm wrong, but do we not bleed the same blood and breathe the same air? Evidently, the answer is yes. Then why I ask, why to we feel the need to place labels and declare someone is better than someone else because they are unique individuals and not like what the labeler wants them to be? Nothing in life is fair, but nothing hurts the way it does to be mocked, labeled, and pressured your whole life.

I say this cause I know. If only all people could see it that way too. Just because you're different and unique in your own way, doesn't make you any less of person then the next guy. Being different and unique is what makes the world go round; we shouldn't be persecuted for our individualities. In the well-known movie The Breakfast Club, you can see first-hand what the effects are of being labeled and mocked your whole life. Specifically, I am going to focus on the one who was callously labeled The Nerd...