Texts convey the challenges and rewards face by individuals coming into the world. A Person moving into a new phase of life it can result in growth to a new sense of maturity and development for the specific person. This is evident in the Bildungsroman texts “Billy Elliot” (2000) by Stephen Daldry and “Ranger’s Apprentice: the Ruins of Gorlan” by John Flanagan which is highly effective in showing rewards and challenges faced when overcoming obstacles. The challenges in Billy Elliot spring from both his home world and his secret world of dance. These challenges can be either the physical trials that block the way forward or an emotional barrier that cause the person to grow as an individual. These challenges are parallel to ones facing Will the protagonist of Ranger’s Apprentice. These two texts look at the similar challengers that are presented in each text but are unique to each person that leads to changing perspectives while successfully traveling into a new phase of life.
The idea of wanting to belong and personal identity are consistently challenged when moving into the world. This is shown throughout Billy Elliot Through the character Billy himself and is evident the most in the scene where Billy is at boxing while ballet is using the other half of the hall. Mis em scene is used to effectively portray the colliding of worlds that is the catalyst for Billy. The use of juxtaposition of the costumes effectively emphasises the contrast between Billy’s world and the world which he wishes to occupy. This can be seen with the close up on the ballet shoes and Billy’s boxing boots. This shows how different the two worlds are compared to each other where one is the higher educated and upper class and the lower workers class world Billy inhabits. This technique reviles the new world which Billy feels accepted because of the dance and the idea of escaping his personal beliefs to conform to socially accepted attitudes of violence and sexual stereotypes. To move into this new word Billy has accept his true self in border to belong.
The rewards faced by overcoming obstacles can be seen within the changing of world. This is represented in the rewards Billy gets when finally is become the swan prince.
The idea of personal identity and belonging being challenged while undergoing the journey between attitudes is also evident within Rangers Apprentice. Will is akin to Billy as they both don’t have personal beliefs but are just subjected to the conformist ideals of their current society. In the first chapter of the novel we are introduced into a ward of five orphan children. The protagonist Will is anxious of the Choosing Day which then will determine the rest of his life. This day is symbolic of wills longing to belong into society and the integration into a new stage of life. As the novel continues the derogatory terms from Wills ward mate Horace are sent after the retreating Will. The lines “That’s right! Run away, Will No-Name!
You’re a no-name and nobody will want you as an apprentice!” are used to generate the feelings of isolation and that due to will not having a last name he will never truly belong. This idea is emphasised by the idea of Will not being pick as an apprentice, this suggests that he won’t be accepted into a society so he won’t be able to find himself. The use of anthropomorphism within the words “At least you know who you are” this creates the feeling that the barn owl he is addressing has more of a sense of belonging in this world then Will because it knows what it is and what it role it plays. Wills belonging and identity are challenged by the Choosing day and his ward mates as he tries to move into a new phase of life.
While overcoming obstacles within our life we tend to grow as a reward. Will had to overcome the challenges of self-identity and belonging within his world so that he could become what he always wanted in life. In the end of the novel we find will in the barons courtroom offered a place in knight’s school where he truly desired to go at the choosing day but got rejected. Will has the choice to follow in his father footsteps but in the lines “And I thank the Battlemaster and his knights for their generous offer. But I am a Ranger.” Is symbolic of the belonging he feels within the ranger group. This technique creates a feeling of belonging he longed for as an orphan. It also uses a formal tone with underlying hints of authority in there to show that he is confident with himself and his choice and that he has finally found his own ideals and identity instead of the conformist ideas of the society. The rewards of belonging and self-awareness have come about in Will transformation into a new world.
Within a new and changing world personal growth within an individual is important to allow empathy to be felt to understand others. This is shown through the character Horace. Horace like Will is similar to Billy is akin to Tony in Billy Elliot the relation between the two is the lack of empathy they find for others situations. This trait is clearly portrayed in Horace in the first part of the book where Horace slanders Will saying “He ought to be nervous. After all which Craftmaster is going to want him as an apprentice?” Using this derogatory language Horace evokes the feelings of despair in the smaller boy. This shows how Horace is unwilling and unable to emphasise with others. This is emphasised in the scene at the harvest day, as Horace abuses his old ward mates “At last? Im a few minutes late and I’m here ‘at last’”. The technique of rhetorical question creates the sense of anger and annoyance portrayed in Horace’s statement. This is used to provide insight into the way Horace views others. This shows how people who are unwilling to change come across the biggest obstacles within the world they occupy.