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Simon Birch

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Julia Hanley

on 2 October 2012

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Simon Birch An assignment by Julia Hanley Movie Overview Characteristics Simon Birch Simon Birch had a pure heart; Simon Birch mourned; Simon Birch (Ian Michael Smith) is a story about a child born with a birth defect set out to change the world, accompanied by his best friend Joe Wentworth (Joe Mazzello). The two outcasts will later learn that life is about the journey, not the destination. The five main characters described into point form attributes. BEATITUDES Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. A. Ian Michael Smith Simon Birch born with birth defect-- a n abnormally small heart so he didn't grow very tall.
wasn't supposed to live as long, referred to himself as a "living, walking miracle" Parents didn't care much for him
Got along very well with younger kids because they respected him for his height.
Very faithful, and spiritual child always knew God had a plan for him.
Always kind to others, but didn't like the way the church { Reverend Russell and Miss Leavy} portrayed God,
Extremely optimistic and hopeful. Joe Wentworth Joe Mazzello Picked on for not having a father. Best friend's with Simon Birch Always very desperate to figure out who his dad was.
He sometimes doubted his faith, and wasn't as spiritual as Simon was.
More of a pessimist rather than an optimist.
Defensive of his mother and who she dated or what other people said about her.
Because of his past it's only reasonable Joe felt depressed often.
Didn't care too much to be as outgoing as Simon. Mrs.Rebecca Wentworth Ashley Judd Loved Simon like he was her own A great and loving mother to Joe.
Very protective of her son and Simon.
Known as a very attractive and special woman.
Secretly had a child with Reverend Russell.
Generous towards everyone, especially Simon.
Had a relationship with Ben Goodrich.
She was a very spiritual person. Reverend Russell David Strathairn Bitter on the oustide, but has a huge heart
Was Joe's real father Less faithful than Simon Priest at the church in Gravestown, Maine Always became frustrated with Simon because he didn't understand his motives. Favored Joe because he was his son. Bitter personality.. Ben Goodrich Oliver Pratt Tried his best to be approved by Simon and Joe Very generous and kind Was in a relationship with Rebecca Wentworth The only father figure in Joe's life. Always there to help out the two boys when they needed him. It was clear Simon Birch was a kid with strong faith that followed many of God's teachings. What is especially recognized is the beatitudes he lived. Simon was persecuted; Blessed are those who are persecuted, for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of God. Simon Birch was always being bullied not only
for his size, but for his strong faith. Because he always believed that God had a plan for him, the kids would laugh and tease him for sounding ridiculous.

Ex. The kids would always pick him up and lift him passing him around the class. Because he was so short and easy to tease. Simon was always kind to others and always had good intentions. He respected others and followed the rule "treat others as you would want to be treated". He never did wrong onto others and wasn't very mischievous.

Ex. Simon helped out all of the children and staff from the sinking bus. He put others first and he also treated the younger kids equally. Simon would mourn over the small speed bumps in his life. Such as losing Mrs. Wentworth or the fact that he was bullied for being small. He wanted to know the reason why bad things seemed to happen to good people.

Ex. Simon would go to pray at Mrs. Wentworth's grave when he felt sad. He would pray to God for forgiveness and ask for an answer to why he was always treated differently. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Time is a monster that cannot be reasoned with. It responds like a snail to our impatience, then it races like a gazelle when you can’t catch a breath. - Simon Birch Simon Birch Theme Song
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