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The main theme within Stand by Me is the closeness of pre-teen boys hanging around in gangs and generally trying to grow up too fast It is in the coming of age movie genre The opening sequence reflects the close bond still shared by the two main characters Gordie and Chris as we see from the headline that Chris has been shot dead The young boys wanting and trying to grow up quickly is shown in the tree house they have decided upon a secret knock to gain entry to the tree house as if they are part of a very important secret gang The whole film watches the boys go on a journey not just physically but mentally as well the journey to adulthood The non-diagetic narration helps fill in the gaps along the way so we understand jokes and other events that may happen throughout the film For example when Gordie meets the deer after the emotional scene with Chris the narrator older Gordie explains the significance of this meeting As well as the explanation the audience recognises the similarity between Gordie and the deer The innocence of both is reflected in the other I also think Gordies obsession with the body which grows throughout the film stems from the death of his bother as when Gordie sees the body he starts crying and wondering why his brother died when he did As Chris comforts Gordie we see that they are the closest within the group This is also shown when Gordie stands up to Ace to save Chriss life which has connotations with the western genre as Gordie holds the gun up into the air and shoots We see the boys smoking whilst playing cards and this has connotations of adulthood as if they are trying to mimic their fathers as they feel they are shadowed by them and their older bothers We also hear the boys swearing uncommon among young
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