16 November 2018
The Schoolyard Monster
In this world we live in, we all must have that monster that has been haunting us from time to time or we had it some time in the past. But there is that one that we believed to be a monster depending on what they do to us and that is a bully. When we think of a bully, we think of a violent troublesome kid who picks on an innocent kid because they think they’re more powerful than the other or they despise the victim for being the weakest. Most commonly, there is little to no clear reason of why the bully bullies. With that, it creates a negative impact, and it can scare us if we keep getting bullied, and we find them as monsters.
Now what basically makes a bully a monster is that they are people who have been living a rough life, such as suffering poor mental health, and being mistreated by adults or others. According to the article, “Why Kids Become Bullies,” Sukhodolsky states that “Many bullies do not know how else to behave…” because of these problems. This means that bullies just choose whatever they want to be by being physically upset because they don’t have or get what they always want or need. What also makes it worse is that they would mistreat others due to a lack of social awareness, and that’s another primary reason why we have bullies. The main solution is to see the bully’s behavior and manage its mental problems and anger.
With these traits of the bully, it is often portrayed in many famous movies. There are portrayed as the antagonist to permeate the story and the protagonist, and that’s pretty much we visualized it in real life, even I think of that. From what we see from movies, the bully victim stands up to their bully by showing violence to it and it oddly gives that satisfaction to us. For one, in “Back to the Future,” George Mcfly, who was a bully victim to Biff Tannen, “a classic bully”, has been bullied by him frequently and Biff was stealing his girlfriend. At the end of the movie, Biff also comes of as evil when pins down George and pushes away his girlfriend, and he was laughing like a maniac. But George finally stands up to Biff when the bully was in his car with girl and swung his fist at him hard, causing him to collapse. This scene was somewhat satisfying because the victim fought back his bully after so much beef he gave him.
Like I said before, this movie can attract an audience to root for the bully victim to knock out the one who was threatening him for the longest because what the victim went through was personal to him and he is no longer afraid to take that opportunity. With this situation, it delivers a message that we should fight back whoever started it all. For the monster theory, this all relates to thesis five, where the bully tells the victim to keep away or they will get punished.
All in all, A bully can be seen as the monster to us, and it all depends on how much of a bitter grudge they have on us. Because of that, we fear the bully, and we need some sort of strategy to get it off our backs. Either it’s reasoning with it or fighting it back, it’s one of those monsters we don’t seem to want. But this overall shows that the bully can be negative in all kinds of ways, and we shouldn’t get involved, but to learn from it. In other words, in real life, a bully is this kind of a bad person we try to get rid of, for we call it a monster. Even if somebody was involved in bullying can get this idea pretty clearly.
Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome. “Monster Culture: Seven Theses.” From Monster Theory: Reading Culture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996. 3-25.
Movieclips. Back to the Future (8/10) Movie CLIP – You Leave Her Alone (1985) HD. Youtube, 26 May 2011. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzklMXES1BU
Shmoop Editorial Team. “Biff (Thomas F. Wilson) in Back to the Future.” Shmoop. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 16 Nov. 2018.
Sukhodolsky, Denis, “Why Kids Become Bullies”, Yale Medicine, 28 February 2017. https://www.yalemedicine.org/stories/understanding-bullying/