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Good Will Hunting And Bell Hooks' Keeping Close To Home

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Going off to college is probably one of the best things a person can do to further their education. The promise of a degree from a university seems achievable but is shadowed with the many challenges that come with a higher edification. Often many college students find themselves bothered by these obstacles which can determine whether the college student succeeds or not. There are many endeavors in college but it depends on how the student reacts to these situations.

This synthesis will examine the motion picture Good Will Hunting and an essay by an author Bell Hooks entitled Keeping Close to Home: Class and Education. Both of these accounts tell of a struggle that the protagonist character in the story had to deal with. Each of these charters comes from similar backgrounds but one deals with emotional conflict while the other character deals with the problem of economic classification. In either way each of these selections both deal with the struggles of an higher education.

In Good Will Hunting the main character Will Hunting is a janitor at Boston’s prestigious M.I.T. His ability to solve complex mathematical equations has earned him notoriety through out the mathematical department. Will Hunting is not a student, he is merely a bright young 20 year old kid with a troubled past. Will Hunting is exposed by Professor Gerald Lambeau when he is caught working on another mathematical equation. Professor Lambeau discovers his troubled past when he attends Will Hunting’s court hearing. Lambeau Finds out that Will Hunting has had many run-ins with the law and offers to give Will Hunting direction instead of being sent to jail. Will Hunting is ordered by the court to attend psychiatric sessions to help Will Hunting with his aggression. Finally after having seen four other psychiatrist Lambeau approaches his old college roommate Sean McGuire and asks McGuire if he will provide psychiatric sessions to Will Hunting being that they are both from the same town; Boston (Southie), Massachusetts. Throughout these sessions the promise of a higher education or success is shadowed by the aggression that Will Hunting has to over come. Very defensive and isolated Will Hunting is befriended very slowly by Sean McGuire to open up his emotional problem and to let them go. Will Hunting’s inability to trust, love and communicate handicaps him to do well in life with careers and relationships.

In the essay entitled Keeping Close to Home: Class and Education, the author Bell Hooks tells of her struggles when she goes off to the prestigious college Stanford University at the age of 18. Coming from a working low class economic background hooks deals with ridicule from her family and the difficulties of adjusting from a lower class to a higher class setting at Stanford. The dilemma that Hooks’ face with her family is; she states, “My parents had not been delighted that I had been accepted and adamantly opposed my...

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