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Alexander Muhr CTCS 190 F12-12:50 Discussion Writing Assignment #1 September 2004 FERRIS BUeLLER’S DAY OFF A Struggle with Authority “Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and take a look once in a while, you might miss it.” –F.B. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), created in the spectacular 80s, is a story of a young man and his interior determination to go against authority. The main character of the film, Ferris Bueller, played by Matthew Broderick, is a mischievous high school student who somehow always finds the urge to “live a little.” One beautiful sunny day in the spring of his senior year, Ferris has the urge and decides to ditch school. What follows suit is a comical adventure for a day, which leads, Ferris, his girlfriend Sloan Petersen (Mia Sara), and Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck) through many obstacles in the surrounding area and in Chicago. This classic film takes an interesting twist off of an old theoretical dramatic structure, the three part Aristotelian structure. This is basically that classical structure where, to be able to create great stories, one needs to first, introduce/describe the characters, second, development and then third, the solution. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a great example of this classical structure due to the clear separations during the film. In the beginning we are introduced to the main character and consequently introduce to the others. After we have met all of the protagonists and antagonists, the story develops into what it becomes. Lastly, in the end of the movie, we are directly approached with a clear and obvious, yet also uncertain solution, depending
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on the way one perceives it. The film is a representation of the growing need for students at the time, like other movies in the same era ( Fast Times at Ridgemont High ), to escape every day life, which gave them the fundamental urge to go against all types of authority and the struggle with ever present guidelines from these unyielding figures. This first sequence (running from the opening credits all the way until we are introduced to Sloan in the classroom) is introducing all of the protagonists, like the Mother, Father, Jeannie, Cameron and Sloan. In the first scene, Ferris is “sick”, lying in bed and
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