Billy Elliot film text reponse: What does Jackie Elliot want from his son?

Essay by stageclownHigh School, 10th gradeA-, August 2005

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Jackie Elliot is seen as a traditional man with anti feminist views. he sees that boys should be tough whilst girls should be more placid. Throughout the film Billy Elliot, the directer has created the character Jackie Elliot, a widowed father feeling the grief of the recent lose of his wife. This essay suggests that the grief could be a factor of how Jackie goes about supporting his son.

The time that this film is set, is in the mid 80s. It could be that people who do not keep to the social norm are discriminated against, which is a different circumstance in todays society, where people are very unique and most people value eachother's individuality. In the town of Durham, the community has the same expectations as Jackie with gender based traditions and this may have influenced him to think this way.

When Billy is taken to the boxing gym by his father, he finds out that he doesn't really like the idea of being a boxer once he steps into the ring for the first time.

Billy knows his father must really want Billy to get good at this tough sport, because in this family, that is stricken with poverty; his father still manages to pay for billy's lessons and does want him to achieve. "they were my dad's gloves, you'd better take better care of them" Jackie and his father were obviously unable to achieve from boxing, he's putting his last hope in Billy.

Billy is aware of how his family and the community feel about boys doing ballet and has alot of courage to put their thoughts aside and just do the thing he loves. Upon finding out about Billy's dancing. Jackie becomes enraged and expresses views of homophobic, Billy is determined to keep on...