Pay It Forward Essay

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We all have a different perspective on life and on what it means to be human. "We are only as strong as our weakest link" a wise man once said. What is our weakest link as humans? What holds us together? What tears us apart? Humans need one another to coexist, we bring society together and we are the reason society falls apart. Together we can accomplish anything, it is once we start to point out our differences that we loose our unity and start to fall. This theme of needing each other to coexist is present more than once in the movie "Pay it Forward". Trevor's idea to "pay it forward" was an attempt to make the world a better place, however little did he know what a great impact it would have on society. "Think of an idea for world change, and put it into action" this is the statement that Mr. Simonet purposed to his seventh grade social studies class. "Are you saying you'll flunk us if we don't change the world" [Trevor] "Well no, but you might just scrape by with a C" [Mr.Simonet] Mr. Simonet gave his student the chance of a lifetime, the chance to change the world and that is exactly what Trevor intended to do. "Pay it forward" could be summed up as three big favours for three people, and then they pay it forward and so on. Trevor's idea of "Pay it forward" had a very widely spread positive effect on society this is evident through the results of Trevor's actions toward Jerry, a heroin addicted homeless man, Mr. Simonet, his teacher who was fatally burned in an accident, and Adam, his friend who is a victim of bullying.To start off this sequence of warm-hearted acts, Trevor opens his house to Jerry, a heroin addicted homeless man. He feeds Jerry, gives him clean clothes and a shower. "Well, you can't know. Not until you look at a dumpster. But when you climb into that thing for the first time and you pull those newspapers over you, that's when you know you've messed your life up. Somebody comes along like your son, and gives me a leg up, I'll take it. Even from a kid, I'll take it." [Jerry] Trevor helps Jerry out; he gives him a place to sleep and a place to feel safe in. Trevor explains his idea to Jerry in hopes that he too will "pay it forward". One day while Trevor is at school Jerry starts to "pay it forward"; he does this by fixing up Arlene's (Trevor's mom) car. When Arlene finds him in her garage she is startled and thinks only the worst. Jerry then explains what Trevor is trying to do and the "pay it forward motion" begins. By helping out Jerry Trevor reminds Jerry that he can change. Trevor gives him the support and guidance that one may need when trying to put the pieces of their life back together. Trevor's effect on Jerry is defiantly a positive influence, this evident when Jerry "pays it forward" to Arlene and the woman who is on the verge of suicide. For Jerry to "pay it forward" it means that he believes in helping others and by helping others we help ourselves appreciate what we have in life. Yes, Jerry's life was rough, he...

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