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ESSAY When adults look back on their lives they often remember their childhood with much nostalgia For everyone it is a time of adventure Everything is new and exciting and yet to be explored Often we remember this period of our lives as the best time of our lives a time when we were free from the responsibilities that mount as we grow up Indeed we view the experience of childhood with such reverie that when authors or directors attempt to recreate it in literature or movies they may be plagued with stereotypes trying to recreate some ideal Childhood is widely regarded as a time of innocence where no responsibility is taken for ones actions It is also a time where the child is governed by adults and as such is subject to their restrictions Witness a Peter Weir film identifies the relationship of the adventure of childhood as being subject to the restrictions of the adults who supervise them a sort of domestic realism Throughout the film Samuel has various adventures which are governed by the different people whose jurisdiction he is under Similarly we see the same process take place in the movie The Ice Storm a portrayal of two families in the 1970s Here we see an entirely different message being depicted as Ang Lee creates a much more experimental and morally loose childhood for his characters This is seen as a reflection of the limited constraints that are put upon them by their parents Both these movies through their representation of childhood and adulthood show the relationship between adventure romance and domestic realism How the adventure of childhood is constrained by the limits of adults around them Samuel the child character in Witness is a small Amish boy who observes a horrific murder Through him Weir creates the ideal of innocence Not only is he merely a little boy and as such inexperienced he has also grown up
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