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Homosexuality and Billy Elliot Essay

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Homosexuality and Billy Elliot In ' Billy Elliot' there is undoubtedly a strong homosexual subtext but does this necessarily mean the protagonist himself is gay? . Director Stephen Daldry openly deals with homosexuality and intentionally creates doubt surrounding Billy's sexuality thus fuelling debate and discussion. Through out the film Daldry presents us with numerous episodes, which suggest homosexuality but which are all open to interpretation, for example is Billy's rejection of Debbie in the bedroom scene a sign of his homosexuality or just due to the shyness and insecurity of youth? . In my opinion, Daldry, at the end of the film is…show more content…

For Billy's father it isn't necessarily his sons dancing that he finds hard to come to terms with but more the fact that a macho figure like himself is harbouring a homosexual son. However it could be argued that Billy's dancing is really a metaphor for all sorts of things, i.e. his passion and zeal for life rather than his homosexuality, as he points out himself 'Just because I like ballet doesn't mean I'm a poof, you know'

Billy's rejection of Debbie in the bedroom episode could be used as evidence to suggest he is gay. He remains silent when asked ' Do you fancy me' and later when asked if he would like to see an intimate part of Debbie's anatomy, simply replies ' No, that's ok'. However is this merely due to Billy's inexperience with girls and thus his insecurity and shyness? . Those advocating that Billy is gay would argue that his cold and affirmative ' No, that's ok' shows that he has no interest in the female sex. They would also argue that as Billy has been without a female role model for most of his life, due to his mother's death, he has become dependant on male figures and this could potentially spill into his more intimate relationships. Billy's affirmation that ' I'm not a poof' could also be met with some degree of scepticism. Is Billy just repeating the prejudice of his

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Billy Elliot Into the World Essay

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Billy Elliot Into the World

There are a variety of pathways and elements, which enables individual transition into a New World. ‘Into the World’ is about people choosing the next pathway into their life by their own determination, experiences and support which enables them to go beyond their original location and narrow view of the world. ‘Billy Elliot’ relates to the elective ‘Into the World’ as the film is about new possibilities opening up, determination, family support and individual growth. Two related texts that show other kinds of transitions into new worlds include an article on the Queensland School of Excellence titled ‘Pas de deux’ from the ‘Australian Educator’ on the 03/05/04 and a documentary by a Youth Program called…show more content…

The use of doors is a reoccuring symbol representing new worlds or barriers between worlds and used throughout the film. Billy’s initial glimpse of the ballet class through the door, and the way he enters the class hesitantly symbolises a new world opening up to Billy. Billy’s determination is one the key elements involved in his eventual transition into a different world. Realising that his father would not allow him to pursue ballet, he attends lessons in secret and practices extensively in his bedroom, the bathroom and wherever else he can have some privacy. The door motif is again prominent with Billy’s father physically holding Billy back from pursing his pathway into a new world. Many of the doors are shut and he must fight to break these barriers down. For Billy, dance becomes a means of escape from his surroundings, a refuge, a form of self-expression and, ultimately, a way out of his closed community and into the larger world. The limited use of colour reminds us that the family world is collapsing just as new horizons are opening up for Billy. Billy is determined to go against the rules and traditions of his family and forge his way into a new world. Determination is also used through persuasive and emotional language in the article ‘Pas de deux’. The Queensland Dance School of Excellence is an education program offered in partnership with Ballet. It provides the opportunities for talented dance students to continue their dance training in the upper

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