Jim Stark

The Brave and The Strong

Jim's Family Problems

Jim doesn't seem to get along with his parents much during the movie. He believes that his father is a chicken who won't stand up to his mother who controls the household. Jim tells his father to be more like a man and to control his wife. His parents' fights shouldn't really matter to him, but he does get really upset about it. The reason that he is so rebellious is because he is trying to prove to people that he is not a chicken like his father. Jim is trying so hard to be a good man like he wants his father to be. Jim feels exhausted because he is always trying to be the man of the house.

Why do you suppose the director had Plato wearing a solid gold band on his finger?

The director was trying to show how much Plato longed for love and attention. Plato was willing to pretend that he had a special someone to love so he wouldn't feel as lonely. In reality, Plato really didn't have anyone who loved him, besides near the end, Jim and Judy loved him. This was just another example to show how lonely Plato was and how much he longed for that connection.

Character Development - Did He Change?

In the beginning of the story, Jim is always focused on being the man that his father never was. With this riding on his back, he faces bullies that challenge him to do dangerous things. For Jim, it was hard to say no to these challenges, especially when they call him a chicken. He feels the need to prove to these people that he IS a man and that he is not a chicken like his father. In the end, his father bonds with Jim and tells him that he is going to be a man for him. They rejoice and it seems like all Jim's problems are solved now.

Character Traits

Jim is the Man!

EXPOSURE: The Chickie Run

The symbolism that goes along with the chickie run has to do a lot with bravery and proving yourself to others. Buzz calls Jim a chicken which makes Jim inclined to compete with Buzz. When Jim competes in this challenge, it shows that he is willing to do anything to prove that he is a man, unlike his father.

Important Theme

I think that an important theme is masculinity and what it means to be a man. Jim is constantly trying to uphold his appearance as a male figure. He wants to be strong and brave, unlike his father. It is very important to him that he stays strong because his father isn't always strong for him. This is an important theme because they demonstrate this during the chickie run, the knife fights, and the conflict with Jim and his father.

Citations

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