Role of Place in Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. These are the words uttered by Ferris Bueller, the happy-go-lucky teen who from the very beginning of the movie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, sets the message that he's going to take experience all that life offers. This movie is more than just a high school student's fantasy on how to spend a typical school day; it's a lesson on how a teenager should put their life in the proper perspective. This movie provides a wonderful story of a Chicago high-school senior who has the ultimate day with his girlfriend and best friend while outwitting all the obstacles obstructing him in his suburban Chicago life. John Hughes, the director of this film, provides a panoramic overview of the city of Chicago itself, with the movie literally serving as a tour guide, highlighting all of the city's wonderful aspects.

In essence, this movie serves two purposes at the time, it creates an ideal vision of how all students want to live out their school day, while at the same times it gives a magnificent tour of the numerous vivid sites and attractions that Chicago offers; showing to all audiences what makes makes Chicago special. However, there is geography present in this film other than the magnimanamous setting of downtown Chicago. This film offers a wonderful insight to suburban Chicago life and all of its little quirks. Every little place in this movie seems to hold some sort of significance. Ferris Bueller's Day Off ultimately proves to be an illustrious fantasy to all high-school students, a story which seemingly relates to all of them; this movie depicts the ultimate way to spend a day playing hooky from the eyes of a character, Ferris...