I was told to write a paper comparing a common theme between the movies Jaws, The Legend of Bagger Vance, and Finding Forrester.

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The Fear in Men

It is true that everyone does not have family, or does not feel their family is whole, is somehow, whether they are aware of it or not, always searching for it. We may search in different ways and with different degrees of success, but we search (Filmcritics.com)

Jamal Wallace is searching for family, although he does not know it. An awesome basketball player and the owner on an exceptional intellect, 16-year old Jamal is missing a father and direction in his life. William Forrester is also searching for family, and he also does not know it. Forrester is a 70-year old reclusive author who lives alone in a grimy Bronx apartment. A Pulitzer Prize winner, which is the most prestigious writing award known to man, half a century earlier, Forrester's career and enthusiasm for society has been receding for decades. A personal loss has much to do with his stagnation (Rottentomatoes.com).

When Jamal and Forrester meet, purely by chance, an unusual and ultimately rich relationship develops. Forrester needs company beyond his three television sets. Jamal needs a mentor to help him focus on his studies at school. He has been recruited by an esteemed private school for his basketball talent and the promise of his brilliant test results. And now he has got work to do to improve on his 'C' grades.

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This odd couple's developing relationship is at the center of Finding Forrester. William has lessons to teach Jamal, and eventually, the youngster returns the favor. Forrester is perplexing and likeable, in an old man kind of way. Jamal is the quietly strong and unusually talented young man who learns from his mentor while gently pulling the old man out of his shell. You see, Forrester has a fear of society, a...