Analysis of Karate Kid 1984 and 2010

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ZERO PROGRESS: BULLYING THEN AND NOW THROUGH THE MOVIE “KARATE KID” Bullying is one of the most concerning issues that our society face nowadays. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), bullying is “a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort.” (par. 1) Furthermore, APA also explains that the act of bullying takes place when a person receives an unreasonable and hurtful “physical contact, words or [any] subtle actions.” (par. 1) In most recent study of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it has been observed that twenty five to thirty percent of US students from grades 6 to 12 is experiencing bullying. (Bahr, Huffington Post) Because of the malignant effects of bullying, kids who are experiencing the maltreatment are having a hard time to overcome the struggle that they are facing. Rising above bullying remains to be one of the most difficult tasks to execute. “Karate Kid” is a film that clearly depicts how an ordinary kid goes through the rude occurrence of bullying. The movie is about a boy who migrates with his mom into a far different place. As he tries to familiarize himself with the new territory that they are in, he uses his courage to make new friends. In the process of rebuilding his social life, he gets the attention of means guys and cringes an eye on him. Because of that, every time he encounters them, the group of bad boys instantly attacks him and physically abuses him. And as the assaults to him progress, he meets an old stranger who masters a martial art discipline. Being amused about his discovery, he then asks a favor to the old man to teach him the martial art technique in order to defend himself. He uses his acquired knowledge about the fighting technique and practices it to overcome with his bullying struggle. Because of the relevance

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