Topic: I'm not scared,' is a rites of passage novel which charts Michele's journey from innocence into a maturity beyond his years.
Niccolo Ammaniti's I'm not scared,' charts the life of a young boy named Michele Amitrano who has to deal with issues that are not a common occurrence of a 9yr old boy. Throughout the story we witness Michele's journey from childhood innocence into a maturity beyond his years. This is evident firstly through Michele's ability to stand up to his fears in order to support what he believes in. Secondly through Michele's realisation that the adult world is not as innocent as he first thought and the realisation that adults, in particular his father are capable of cruel violence. And finally through Michele's experiences with the fragility and virtue of trust. Throughout the story Michele is capable of standing up to his fears in order to support what he believes in.
Throughout I'm not scared,' Michele has to face many fears, both childish and real in order to support what he believes is right. One real fear that Michele had to face was standing up to Skull the leader of his group when he considered the forfeit given to Barbara to be unnecessary and harsh. When Michele stands up to Skull it is the first real time that he has had the guts to do so and this event gives Michele the confidence to face other fears later in the story. Another real fear that Michele has to face is being responsible for Fillipo's death if he is caught visiting him again. Michele's moral judgement tells him that he needs to keep the promise to Fillipo and visit him even though the fear of his father and his words are in the back of his mind. If you go back there I'll give you the thrashing of your life. If you go back there again those people will shoot him in the head ..And it'll be your fault.' Michele also has to face many childish fears such as not wanting to ride through the night because of the fear of being eaten by monsters.' I'm not scared of...
...Nicolo Ammaniti’s coming of age novel, ‘I’m not scared’, emphasises people’s capacity for evil and self-destruction however it also demonstrates certain people’s ability to show compassion and selflessness. Michele learns that cruelty exists in the real world and not just in his imagination when his father tells him that: “It’s men you should be afraid of, not monsters.” Bullying and poverty, which are explored throughout the novel, also illustrate man’s ability to be evil and to cause self-destruction; this idea is enhanced by the influence of corrupt adults and a sense of having to prove oneself. However this also demonstrates the idea that people are capable of making their own moral choices and are able to show compassion and selflessness in times of need.
Bullying is explored throughout the novel and is used to further demonstrate man’s capacity for evil, this is enhanced by the adults who are corrupt and are raising their children on the idea that to gain power it is acceptable to bully others. The novel focusses on the idea that people’s ability to be evil is also enhanced by people, especially men, feeling the need to prove themselves, to be brave and strong and powerful. This idea is demonstrated when Sergio is leading a meeting between the adults who captured Filippo and they are talking about what they should do. It is a pivotal scene because it is when Michele finally discovers what his father has to do with the boy in the hole....
...texts. You may confine your answer to key moments in the texts.
The two comparative texts I have studied in which I will examine their main unexpected key moments and their effects on the reader are 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Brontë and 'I'm Not Scared' by Gabriele Salvatores. In my answer I will discuss four unexpected moments of each text, three minor and one major. 'Wuthering Heights' is a gothic romance novel set in the late 18th century and is a story of an adopted orphan child, Heathcliff, who is then is reduced to the status of a servant, running away when the young woman he loves decides to marry another. He returns later, rich and educated, and sets about gaining his revenge on the two families that he believed ruined his life. It is designed to both horrify and fascinate readers with scenes of passion and cruelty. 'I'm Not Scared' is filmed in a small town called Acqua Traverse in southern Italy. Set in a time riddled with terrorism and kidnapping in the 1970s, and tells the story of a ten-year-old boy, Michele, who discovers a terrible crime the entire population of his southern Italian town has committed and how the crime is in fact closer to home than he could have ever imagined.
I am dedicating my first paragraph of my essay to discuss the effect of the unexpected on the reader from a personal viewpoint. The unexpected keeps the reader's attention and maintains a constant level of...
"I'M NOT SCARED"
Salvatores, A Writer, actor, and director. Born on July 30th, 1950 In naples. He moved to Milan and started his career as a theatre director in 1972. For most of the 70's and the 80's he directed everything that was shown at Elf's Theater. His popularity among italians was growing immensely. His style of directing was classified as Avant Garde or "cutting edge". A style that i think he has continued to use today.
As a director his career consist of 14 major productions and his big break through wasn't until 1989, when he directed the "Marrakech Express" . From there he directed several other hits such as "Turne" (1990), "Mediterreaneo" (1991), "Denti"(2000), "Amnesia"(2002), and of course "I'm not Scared"(2003).
As a Writer, he wrote 6 out of the 14 movies that he directed. And they all did very well in the box office.
he has won several awards and has been nominated several times as well, including his oscar for best foreign film "Mediterreaneo", he has written and directed his way into the hearts of many people and after watching "I'm not scared" i consider him one of my favorite directors of today.
"I'm not scared" Won 2 awards (the silver ribbon and david of the youth) and was nominated for 3 other awards (David, Bodil, and the golden berlin bear) the movie is based of...
...I’m Not Scared
“I’m Not Scared” by Niccolo Ammaniti is a dramatic thriller in which the author portrays the contrasting themes of loyalty and betrayal with the use of symbolism and characterisation.
“I’m Not Scared” is a dramatic tale set in a small Italian hamlet written in first person narrative. The protagonist in this novel is Michele, a 9 year old boy who accidentally stumbles upon a young boy who is being held ransom. Throughout the novel Michele visits and as the story progresses Michele finds out that his ‘Papa’ and all the adults in Acqua Traverse are holding the young boy ransom. As Michele develops as a character we see the contrast of loyalty and betrayal. We are shown this particularly at the novels climax as Michele’s loyalty to the young boy is entwined with the betrayal of his father.
The themes of loyalty and betrayal are effectively conveyed through the use of the ‘matches’ as a symbolic object. Michele and his younger sister, Maria are arguing over who has to fetch the water and as there is no fair solution, Michele’s father comes up with the soldiers draw idea:-
“Do you know the soldier’s draw?...
You take three matches,...
Whoever draws the headless
Match goes to get the water.
Pick one, come on”
The use of the matches in this case show the reader that papa is trying to be fair and be a loyal and loving father to his children. He doesn’t want either of them...
...What is Pino’s intention here? Is he trying to make his son understand? Is he providing him with the guidance and support needed at this crucial part of the book?
Please write a response that is min 20 words.
Through the conversation between Pino and Michele, it is clear to the reader that Pino is apparently portrayed as the powerful manipulator, an arrogant, obstinate and uncaring father. Through his actions of constantly berating Michele regardless of his son’s wellbeing ( Michele is half-sleep), we can feel that this is not the conversation between father and son but the police and a villain. This is indicative of how unaffectionate, selfish, and uncaring Pino is as a father, who hardly cares for his son’s feelings but only about if his plans go well. Further evidence of him being callous is elaborated through his threatening requests for Michele without any reasonable explanations. The author suggests that he does not at all care about the instinct curiosity of a nine-year-old boy who has just encountered a marked event in his life. This is shown in his over-expectation, his hardened feeling towards his son: “Forget him. He doesn’t exist anymore.” As a reader, we can see that it is just too much, like a detrimental block, a mentally agonizing pain for a gradually growing mindset of a little boy: “I felt as though I have been stabbed in the side”. Through his prurient, violent threatening to Michele: “thrashing of your life, shoot him in the head, swear on your...
...Niccolo Ammaniti's novel I'm not scared demonstrates how a lust for something greater, the quest for greener pastures can lead one to disregard their morality, yet at the same time it illustrates how a strong character can overcome such desires in order to achieve a higher sense of rectitude. The secluded impoverished hamlet of Aqua Traverse and the adults that inhabit it are representations that portray the flaw within the human spirit, the flaw of an overriding need for something greater. In a bid to secure a financially stable future, they indulge in an ambitiously sickening ransom kidnapping. An act that resonates with a constant theme throughout the text, one that seems to suggest that one must forgo their moral judgments whilst gaining a materially wealthy future. This same theme is contradicted several times throughout the text, mainly by the character of Michele as he is forced to make decisions that reflect his inherently mature perceptions of morality. An example of this is when Michele and his friends are engaging in a rapidly intensive running race, yet when his sister Maria falls over, instead of pushing on in an attempt to secure victory he remains behind to help his younger sister. This same sense of responsibility to the ethical is evident, when Michele breaks on oath to his father, even after the temptation of a new bike is before him, and returns to help the hopeless Filippo. A character who is of coarse being incarcerated by...
If all my friends were to jump off a bridge, I wouldn’t follow. Id be at the bottom to catch them when they fall. This quote reflects friendship and loyalty in an almost perfect way and never has a quote been falser than in Aqua Traverse where friendship and loyalty are non-existent for the residents. In Niccolo Ammaniti’s thriller novel I’m not scared the characters that are portrayed are shown to be Un-loyal and some of them worst friends Imaginable. The children inhabitants of Aqua Traverse are not a real child hood group of friends rather a group of kids that play together out of convenience. The adults in the sleepy little Southern Italian town are no better then the kids as they are only drawn together as friends because of the money that is at stake. Loyalty is another thing that is absent from the town of Aqua Traverse the people that call this place their own are only concerned with one thing themselves. It only takes one outsider in to the mix and already a sense of trust and loyalty is forged between Filippo and Michele.
The children of Aqua Travers are thrown together and are friends out of convenience rather than a common liking of each other. In the “friendship” group of the children there is a prominent hierarchy that is apparent from the onset. Skull the leader of the group is the unchallenged boss that ruled with a domineering hand “Skull was the oldest in the gang. Twelve years old. And he was...
...Southern Italy in 1978, in the novel I’m Not Scared by Niccolo Ammaniti. Pino Amitrano is portrayed as the villain who committed a crime and betrayed his son by not telling him that he kidnapped Filippo in the first place. Pino was a man who loved his family heartedly, yet somehow he was overcome by greed and fear which prompted him to do terrible and unforgettable things which made him evil. Thorough the novel it was enabling Pino to commit an evil sin of kidnapping Filippo and later attempting to kill him.
At the beginning, Pino was strong man who cared deeply for his family but this was later proven otherwise as the novel progressed then he suddenly he changed. He was shown to have high family values as he treasures very caring, would do anything for his family. His loving side was shown through acts of giving and humour as he bought gifts for his children and joked with his family. He bought Marie a new pair of glasses and a gondola for Michele.
Later Michele found something very odd, he found a boy in a hole named Filippo and he decides to be loyal and tries to tell his father about Filippo but doesn't have a chance because Pino is always going to places. Pino announces that Sergio will stay over for a few days. Little does Michele know that his dad and his friends are involved in the kidnapping. Michele was shattered by the knowledge of his father’s involvement in the kidnapping of Filippo. Michele learns more about Filippo, the...