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Simon Birch Themes

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Kaitlyn Lein

on 24 October 2013

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Transcript of Simon Birch Themes

The Themes of Simon Birch
God Has a Plan for Everyone
Faith and Determination Can Bring You a Long Way
Throughout the Film
Simon Birch vs. The Scarlet Ibis
In "The Scarlet Ibis" Doodle's Aunt Nicey says that Doodle is special because he's a caul baby, "She said caul babies should be treated with special respect since they might turn out to be saints" (Hurst 556). Aunt Nicey believes that cauls are made from Jesus' nightgown, which means that the baby born in a caul is holy, this would also mean that God had a plan for Doodle. This relates to Simon Birch because he believes that he is meant to do something special, "I think I'm God's instrument - that He's gonna use me to carry out His plan" (Birch). “The Scarlet Ibis” treats this theme a little differently than Simon Birch, because in the Simon Birch movie, Simon believes that God has a plan for him, and in “The Scarlet Ibis”, Aunt Nicey believes that God has a plan for him.
In real life, God really does have a plan for everyone, and everyone is here on Earth and made the way that they are for a reason. Simon: I think God made me the way I am for a reason.
The audience can learn from this theme in "The Scarlet Ibis" because it shows that just because someone is disabled, doesn't mean that God doesn't have a plan for him.
Throughout the Film
In Simon Birch, Simon loved Ms. Wenteworth just as much as Joe did, even though he wasn’t her son, and on the opposite hand his parents didn’t really care about him. This goes to show that love can come in many different ways, and that it doesn’t matter if you are related or not.
“For as much as I loved my mother, I knew that Simon loved her just as much. She was the only real mother he ever had” (Birch).

Simon Birch vs. The Scarlet Ibis
In "The Scarlet Ibis", Doodle’s brother must care about him in some way, but his love isn't really real, because he keeps trying to change Doodle (Hurst). In the movie, Simon Birch, Simon expresses love to everyone, by the fact that he’s never really mean to anybody, and he loves the children enough to save them when the bus goes into the water. “The Scarlet Ibis” treats this theme differently than Simon Birch, because Doodle’s brother’s might love him, but he keeps trying to change Doodle and he kind of has to love him because he is his brother, and Simon’s love that he expresses to everyone is freely given without cause.

This theme in Simon Birch relates to real life because we should all freely give our love to other people and be kind. He comforted Stuart, the little turtle dove for the play, when he didn’t have to, and most people wouldn’t have. In “The Scarlet Ibis”, Doodle’s brother’s love for him isn't pure, and he doesn't love Doodle the way that he is, he wants to change Doodle (Hurst). The audience can learn from these 2 different interpretations of this theme, because love is a good thing when you give it freely, but love is not really a great thing when you are trying to change someone.

Throughout the Film
Simon Birch never loses his faith that he was made the way he was for a reason, and that he was going to be a hero. Even when Joe was telling him that he wasn't made for a reason, right after Ms. Wenteworth died, he refused to give up thinking that there was a purpose to his life even though he was as small as he was.
Simon: God has a plan for all of us.
Joe: There's no plan Simon! Don't you understand that by now!?
Simon: But God...
Joe: There is no God!
Simon: Don't say that!
In this quote he is insistent in the belief that God has a plan for him specifically, and he doesn't lose the belief in himself that he can be a hero.

The Scarlet Ibis vs. Simon Birch
In "The Scarlet Ibis" Doodle's brother inspires in Doodle the determination to be able to walk and be normal, "He, too, now believed in my infallibility, so we set the deadline for these accomplishments less than a year away..." (Hurst 559). Doodle began to believe in his brother's and his infallibility, and through determination, Doodle began to learn to do other things, even if he didn't do them well. In Simon Birch, Simon had the faith and determination that he was going to do something great, and that he was made the way he was for a reason, "I think God made me the way I am for a reason" (Birch). These 2 themes are different, because Doodle's determination more comes from faith in his brother, and Simon's determination comes from his faith that God has a plan for him.

Simon's faith led him to believe that he was going to do something great, and he had the determination to be able to do it when he saved all the kids on the bus. In real life, having faith and determination can make it possible to do pretty much anything. In "The Scarlet Ibis", Doodle and his brother's determination to get Doodle to walk makes it happen, "It seemed so hopeless from the beginning that it's a miracle I didn't give up" (Hurst 558). This is relevant in real life, because if Michael Jordan had given up when he didn’t make his his high school basketball team, he never would have gone on to play in the NBA. This is true for everything in life, having the determination to get or do something can get you anywhere, so the audience does learn from it.
The little kids listen to Simon because of how he looks, and because they listen to him he was able to save all of the children on the bus at the end of the movie.
Simon: Did you see how the children listened to me because of the way I looked?
So God made him the way he was so that he could eventually save the children on the bus, whereas, if he had looked normal, they would have ignored him like Joe.

By: Kaitlyn Lein, Emma Wiest, and Jenny Ziemke
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