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Billy Elliot - Themes
Transcript of Billy Elliot - Themes
The Wilkinsons = Middle class, still somewhat affected by the strike.
The Royal Ballet School = Upper class, not concerned about the strike and how it affects individuals like Billy's family. Billy questions gender stereotypes. He struggles against society and his own family, because they believe ballet is only for girls or those who are gay. Due to the hardships the miners face, we see a lot of conflict throughout the film.
- Strike (Political drama)
- Frustration - Billy's mother passed away.
- Loss of income for the family. Billy takes a huge risk by continuing ballet after his father told him that he must quit. Boys in County Durham were supposed to grow up to be coal miners, NOT ballet dancers - according to the mining community. In the film, we see Billy express his emotions by dancing. Billy belongs to his family and the Durham community, but does not feel as though he truly fits in.
We come to understand that Billy feels more comfortable in Mrs. Wilkinson's Ballet class. In the beginning, Billy is not supported by his family.
It is not until later in the film, after Billy's family have accepted the fact that he wants to be a ballet dancer, that we see this family support. Through Billy's talent and expression, Jackie and Tony finally accept what they need to do to give Billy a better life.