Period of unrest
By Ronnie Palachuk
In the movie Billy Elliot, directed by Stephen Daldry, choosing what direction to go in life is never easy, the struggles you face and sacrifices being made you can overcome and succeed over everything else. With the miners’ strike and Billy switching from what his father wants and what he wants, creates turmoil not only for himself but his family as well…in the end creates a world that gives him clarity and definition.
The plot focuses on Billy, the younger son of a mining family in which the mother has recently died, and Billy’s macho father and older activist brother take part in the miners struggle. Billy does not identify with the masculine ...view middle of the document...
Billy decides to dance for his father, at this moment Frankie Elliot (Billy’s father) see’s the potential that Billy has, and visit’s Miss Wilkinson to find out what it’s going to take to get Billy into the Royal Ballet Academy. Once they earn enough money to get into the auditions for the Royal Ballet School, from then on does Billy truly find out who he really is!
What I found interesting was all of the messages that this play displays and portrays, the song “Always be yourself” when Miss Wilkinson reads Billy the letter from his mother the lights soften giving it a more Sentul scene. I think his mother knew all along that Billy was different and special. I Think the message was “don’t let anyone change who you are, be who you want to be and embrace it, live it, and love it.
As I stated earlier, there is a harsh masculine role that is being portrayed by Billy’s father and Billy’s brother. The fact that Billy has to hide taking ballet lessons tells you that society doesn’t feel comfortable or ok with males in a non-masculine role. As Billy steps over this boundary and takes a stand, if you will, he sort of becomes an outcast, while Billy’s older brother is admired for his masculinity.
It’s clear in this play that even though Billy experiences turmoil within his family he’s is able to overcome all of this and succeed on his own and help from Miss Wilkinson. From my perspective the Elliot’s can be seen as a single unit I am not sure that I agree with this description of Billy's family as being dysfunctional according to the play , because as far as I understand the family dynamics, it is natural and normal to lose control in such a tragic circumstance....