Class Number 58
The UP series
Paul & Suzy
The Seven Up series was one of the first reality T.V shows to air. One gentleman took several Children from the age of seven till 49 plus and interviewed them every seven years. He found children from every background whether poor, female, or rich. Some of these children came from over privileged backgrounds able to fly the world and see great sights and live and outlandish life, while some were stuck in boarding schools sleeping 15 to a room with no knowledge what a University was. Two of my children I was assigned to was Suzy a privileged girl and Paul who was no so fortunate.
At 49 Up Suzy and Rupert are still married with two grown children and works as a bereavement counselor.
Paul was attending a charity-based boarding school at 7. His parents had divorced and he was left in his fathers care. Paul seemed very quite but answered every question to the best of his ability. By the age 8 Paul had moved to Australia with his father and stepmom. In the series 14 UP Paul was very quick and short with all his answers like he was rushing to get it over with. He wasn’t a fan of people and told us he wouldn’t mind living by himself away from the public. By 21 Paul had lost his entire English accent and developed and Australian one. He met his girlfriend Sue whose personality was strong and alive, which brought Paul’s confidence up. Paul’s low self-esteem could have been from all the put downs and discipline he entailed at the boys home. Come 28 UP Paul was married to Sue with two children. His self-esteem was still low, considering he never thought highly of himself. Having his loving wife and two children were the best thing for Paul in my opinion. They showed him love and appreciation that he needed. They traveled around Australia together and depended on each other for love and support. By the 35 Up Sue and Paul are still married and working together as parents. Paul eventually has a nervous breakdown in the 49UP series. He doesn’t understand why Sue is still with him and in love with him. All he knows is he is in love with her. Paul has always suffered from low self-esteem. Luckily for him Sue is there for him and helps him through all of his problems.
After watching and reading more about Suzy and Paul’s lives I have noticed some similarities. Even though they both lived two different lives, both around the age of 14 started to become more to themselves and more or less depressed people. I feel that most teenagers go through their “alone” periods in life and have many ups and downs. Suzy, which had everything, went through her low...