Stand By Me Essay

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Stand By Me, directed by Rob Reiner, is a simple but very powerful story of four boys who share a unique and challenging series of events in their pursuit of discovering a missing body. The main characters of Gordie, Chris, Teddy and Vern share a journey that shows us that when people have the support of others, no matter how problematic, difficult or diverse their backgrounds are and their personal upbringings may be, that true friendship can bind them together. Even through personal adversity, friendship itself can indeed be the most extraordinary and special of experiences. When we are first introduced to the boys, we learn that they all have had not had the perfect family life of the loving mother and father with the stereotypical white…show more content…
He is the character who recalls the events as a now 27 year old successful writer and father. Gordie lives his younger years full of denial and much uncertainty. His parents tried to cope with the loss of their older child Denny who was killed in a car accident, but this continued to devastate them. Their struggle with this loss had long term effects on their relationship with Gordie, as he sees himself often as the forgotten child, ‘I had become the invisible boy’. Gordie has fonder memories of his times in the ‘Secret Tree House’, where the boys would spend their…show more content…
Whilst some might become negative and bitter about this and shut out all others, this group is able to rise above it and focus on their friendships and the bonds that they have formed. Like a bizarre form of unconditional love, their relationships are solid and are not tarnished by what their families have put them through. The fact that these boys override these complications is a true reflection of their characters. This notion of absolute mateship and special connection is reiterated at the end of the film, as Gordie reflects, ‘I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was

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