Bridge To Terabithia Analysis

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School, Bullying, and Social Life. These are the basic components of the movie Bridge to Terabithia, a great movie that pulls the heartstrings of the viewer. The movie builds a strong relationship with the characters and the viewers. It starts off with the main character Jesse Aarons going through his daily life at school. Jesse is a young fifth grader with a not-so-well-off family and is in love with making art. New kid Leslie Burke is the new kid at school that everyone sees as very eccentric and different. They become friends through a footrace where Leslie wins against everybody including Jesse. Leslie and Jesse run together after-school to a forest where they find a rope. Leslie takes the rope first to get to the other side and Jesse …show more content…
He exhibited most of these throughout the story such as: Selective attention, Glazing over, Appreciative listening, Informational listening, Skepticism, Empathetic listening, Close-mindedness, and Inspirational listening. A situation where selective attention was at play, was when Leslie died. He didn’t listen to anyone and absolutely would not let anyone talk to him or anything for that matter. This also included Glazing over, many times in the movie after she died, it showed him not feeling anything and just spacing out. Appreciative listening was exhibited when he was listening to Leslie the first time talking about Terabithia and how the dragonflies were warriors. This included Informational listening as well as a bit of Skepticism included. He didn’t believe what she was saying and really felt like time and time again she was spewing non-sense. When he first saw Leslie, he showed a lot of closed-mindedness and she specifically said to open your mind. She was telling him things such as pinecones were grenades, an old tree-house was a castle, and the forest was being destroyed by the Dark lord or something the rather. When Jesse came back from the museum, Jesse was blown away with facts of Leslie’s death and refused to accept it. He was very overwhelmed showing Information overload. Throughout the story, Jesse learned through all of Leslie’s ideas how to put on a “nice” face. Leslie inspired many of …show more content…
There are points in the movie I feel like really deviate from the real world though. There was a time where Jesse fell off of a tree and was “caught” by the troll and someone came off without any injuries. There was also a time in the movie where Leslie could control the wind by saying if the Terabithians could hear her. Even if there are things like that in the movie, that was in their fantasy world. In the real world, Jesse and Leslie held a realistic relationship and went through real things. I do have to say though, that sometimes the bullying was a little overboard from reality and the classroom settings were also a little overboard. Many things that occurred in the classroom weren’t really aligning with reality and overall still made the movie feel more real even though it wasn’t. I also have to say that Leslie dying when Jesse went out was a little unrealistic but still made a huge impact to the story. The dying of Leslie made people actually appreciate her as a character. Their relationship was really natural though, and progressed at a realistic rate instead of the extremely fast rate shown in many other stories. Overall I have to say that Leslie and Jesse had a strong bond and their relationship did not really deviate much from the real world and the relationships of

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