When Billy Broke His Head Character Analysis

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In the film “When Billy Broke his Head” by Billy Golfus I understood several things about people with brain injuries. There are certain things people with brain injuries can and cant do. This injury may not stop the person from doing day-to-day activities, but leaves no trust in other people because that individual sees a barrier between them being a regular person. In the film, a survivor himself told the story and this gives us insight of how it really is living with a disability due to a server accident. This brain injury stopped this individual from getting jobs and getting a regular paycheck because they said he had a disability and couldn’t work. The story digs deeper into other people lives that are surrounded around Billy’s life and …show more content…
Billy proceeds to tell his father that just because he can walk and talk doesn’t mean that he is not injured. His father sees Billy as not having a disorder because he doesn’t need help living or walking around and should live a normal life. For Billy, he tells his father that he even went back to school to get his masters degree and still cant find a job due to his brain injury. This is the whole story line that Billy goes by in his short film. He try’s to tell people that it doesn’t matter that he got a masters degree from a university, however it’s the stigma on the “brain disability” that is keeping him from getting a job or live a normal life. He finds thousands of people that are just like him out in hospitals and assistant care places that have the same arguments. For people that have the stigma with disabilities, people treated them different. He visited friends that had brain injuries or disabilities and they all got treated the same. Jobs, people, and the media all treated them a certain way and they all didn’t like it. The media had an impact on them just as people did because they weren’t being heard across the world. Billy and his friends finally got coverage on a certain incident when the people with wheelchairs were blocking the entrance to the elevators because they couldn’t fit in them. This was national news and Billy and his peers finally felt like they were being heard across the nation. The amount of money for the people being held up in nursing homes that didn’t need to be there was useless and expensive. He interviewed countless amount of people that had disabilities, but didn’t need to live in a assistant living area because their mind was sharp. Billy was fighting back to the governments and media that had stigmas and mind sets on people with disabilities because he saw that they were normal

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