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Pay It Forward - A Biblical Comparison Do unto others as you would have them do unto you This is what we know as the golden rule In todays society it seems to have been altered just a tad - Do unto others before they do unto you Albeit a negative connotation it can be turned one hundred eighty degrees into a positive thought and gesture The movie Pay It Forward does just that This movie tells the story of a social studies teacher who gives an assignment to his junior high school class to think of an idea to change the world for the better and then put it into action Movie critic David Bruce remarked When one young student Trevor McKinney creates a plan for paying forward favors he not only affects the life of his struggling single mother but he sets in motion an unprecedented wave of human kindness which unbeknownst to him has blossomed into a profound national phenomenon Bruce 2000 These actions have three requirements It has to be something that really helps Pay it Forward 3 people It has to be something they cant do themselves and I do it for them they do for three other people This movie gives us a fictional yet highly symbolic example of this power of self-sacrificing love and how humanity could be changed by the thought patterns of mankind A simple change in the thought pattern of one person did in all actuality change the world Its not ironic nor coincidental that this movie has significant Biblical parallels and symbolism This writer will delve into the archetypes and protagonist symbolism as well as the religious symbolism and biblical parallels in this film There is no doubt there are numerous archetypes in this film Mr Simonet was the heraldharbinger the carrier and initiator of Trevors journey He gave the assignment to his class that started the journey Sean Trevors best friend was seen
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