Character Analysis: The Heroic Hero In 'Simon Birch'

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“Permanence, perseverance, and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.” Thomas Carlyle. This quote can be said for Simon Birch. “Simon Birch” the movie is directed by Mark Steven Johnson. Simon is a dwarf who believes he is a product of god and god made him small for a heroic purpose. Simon and his best friend Joe Wentworth art the two main characters in the film. Simon and Joe go through troubling times but they always manage to stay best friends. Simon is a character who definitely exhibits heroic qualities. From his own Revenant putting him down, to being in life-threatening situations and leading many children to safety. Simon …show more content…
Simons shows his courage in church, with Joe and Rebecca. During church Simon is listening to the Reverend preach. Then Reverent Russell says “There will be coffee and donuts after the ceremony.” After hearing that Simon discusses what he thinks about coffee and donuts and how it has anything to do with God. The Reverent overhears Simon and ask him to share his thoughts with the church. Simon stands up and says loudly with confidence, “What does coffee and donuts have to do with God?” Simon then proceeds to insult the church by saying “I doubt that God is interested in our church activities. If God has made the church bake sale our priority, then I'd say we're all in a lot of trouble.” On the other hand one may argue that Simon action to talk back to the Revenant was rude, and could that he could have privately told the Revenant what he thought about donuts and coffee. But this is factual proof that even with a much higher authority telling him if he has something to share with the church say it, for him to take that and to stand up “toe to toe” with him and say is opinion is great example that Simon’s courage empowers him to tell the Reverent what he believes in. All heroes should have the courage to stand up for what they believe in and even go against the status quo and question it like Simon Birch did. Simons bravery and courage do not stop at church. Furthermore our last proof of courageous evidence is when Simon had the add courage to sacrifice his life. The two boys Simon and Joe go to a retirement for church. When the retirement is over, and they all drive off in a bus, while Ben follows them behind in his car. Then, suddenly, a deer stumbles in front of the bus, causing the driver to lose control and drive off a cliff and into a lake. In the middle of the panic that comes up, Simon stands up, calms everyone and directs a rescue, leading everyone out of the bus, as it is stuck between rocks. But then, he

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