Holding Up The Wild Character Analysis

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Transitions, influenced by interactions with others, enable a person to overcome obstacles that restrain them to transition. Billy Elliot, the film directed by Stephen Daldry, and Jennifer Niven’s novel Holding Up The Universe both explore transitions through defying social standards and acceptance. Billy Elliot explores transitions of Billy entering a world of ballet in the disapproving society of Durham during the Miners Strike. Holding Up The Universe explores the transition of Libby Strout, who was once dubbed as “America’s Fattest Teen”, who returns to school after being homeschooled for years. The barriers the characters experience prevent successful transitions, which ultimately declares that interactions are an ongoing impact to an individual's transition which result in perpetuated change.

Without support and encouragement, transitions are difficult to complete.
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Libby and Jack’s relationship throughout the novel is volatile due to the fact that no one knows Jack’s secret of living with prosopagnosia; an inability to recognise familiar faces. When Jack first officially meets Libby, he made her stand out through playing ‘Fat Girl Rodeo’ to ‘protect her’ from bullying. Their relationship continuously transitions into a cliche love story, however it defies the social stereotypes of highschool couples. However, Jack transitions emotionally because as a sufferer from prosopagnosia, he remembered every little detail of Libby’s face. This is evident by using a simile to describe Libby’s eyes; “they’re like lying in the grass under the sky on a summer day”. The simile fully demonstrates the specific detail remembered, which provides an understanding of Jack’s love defying his condition. In addition, their relationship transitions to finding acceptance of themselves with each other. Thus, relationships enables transitions in

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