Scary Movies

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Growing up isn’t always as much fun as you imagined it, when you were younger. You suddenly notice all the things that are unfair in the world, things you never realized when you were a naïve little child that just wanted to grow up as soon as possible. So my point is; do you have to grow up? Why can’t you just stay ignorant and enjoy life?
Scary Movies is an American short story published in 1995 and written by Steven Amidon. The story takes place in a suburb of New York in the year of 1968. The main character is a nine-year-old boy, who lives in the “white part” of a town divided into a “black part” and a “white part”. He is quite naïve, because he thinks he can just stay neutral in the conflict between the two groups of people, and that these troubles do not involve him. But later he realizes that is does have consequences for him too - “The good fear was gone from the Roxy now, replaced by the real thing.” (Page 6/sentence 191-192) He has never discovered this kind of fear - the kind of fear you get from the reality and not from the movies. Also he can’t tell the difference between movie and reality at first - he experiences death in the movie, and he experiences death in reality that is when Martin Luther King is killed. He doesn’t see the seriousness in the situation, that’s why he goes back to the Roxy. This shows he is immature compared to Kevin. Kevin is realistic after the killing of Martin Luther King (p.5/ll.149-157).
“Suddenly, I felt too young for this” (Page 6/sentence 193-194) - He is forced to face the cruel reality and consequently lose his childish innocence, where he didn’t think anything could affect him and have consequences for him. Growing up often involves getting a new sense of reality, because you are forced into situations, in which you experience it with your own eyes. And this was that kind of experience. Before…...

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