I watched this movie when I was eight years old and even now at the age of twenty two it is still my favourite film. There are certain lessons in this film that I not only learned from watching it but through experiencing some of them in real life. Eight might seem like a bit of a young age for someone to be watching this movie considering the violence, language and racist terms used, but the heart behind it is what counts.
Here is just some of the lesson’s you can learn from watching this all time classic:
1. Don’t follow the crowd.
It seems like an obvious thing to say but many people still do this. It teaches you that just because your friends hold a certain opinion or live a particular lifestyle, it doesn’t mean that you have to. Always stay true to what you think is the right thing to do.
2. Love who you want to love.
This goes without saying, if someone disapproves of your relationship for any reason whatsoever, then that’s their problem. You love whoever you want to.
3. Education is important.
Knowledge is power, it’s good to be wise from experiences in life and it’s great to be educated from books, but it’s best to be both. “That way I’d be twice as smart as everybody.”
4. Morals over money.
Never think money is so important that you have to go against your own morals to get it and don’t be idle.
5. Nobody Cares.
Most people don’t care about something unless it affects or involves them. It’s important to care for others, but in the end you have to look out for yourself and the people who matter most to you. Don’t waste your time on selfish people.
There are too many lessons to list that this movie teaches, so I recommend that you watch it in your own time and learn.