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In ‘Stand by Me’ a movie directed by Rob Reiner and ‘Trash’ a novel written by Andy Mulligan, all the kids go on an adventure. Even though there are similarities, the purposes and dangers involved in these two adventures are very different.
In ‘Stand by Me’, the four boys go searching for and adventure, aiming for only fame, money and publicity. They could have easily avoided all the trouble they had and got into by not being as curious and as greedy for fame and fortune as they were.
During the journey the four boys grow a lot more tightly knit, talking more deeply and depending on each other more for emotional and physical support. In this movie it’s about fun. They swam and laughed and sung together, unaware of the dangers of what they are really doing. They show they are not at all worried about what they will find. And don’t seem to think about the reality of what they are searching for.
In the novel ‘Trash’, three young boys are in extreme poverty, living in cardboard boxes and sifting through trash to keep them and their families alive. They stumble across vital evidence for a crime and are forced into their adventure.
The boys are constantly running, having no safe place to stay. Putting their lives on the line for justice and a crime they hardly understand themselves. They know that was has happened was wrong and do everything in their power to help a few innocent strangers, showing their own innocence and outlining the difference between them and the police by showing their humility compared to the police’s brutality. They are offered a lot of money for the evidence but still refuse, putting stranger’s lives and reputations in front their own.
Both the stories involve a group of teenage boys with a huge burden of them, whether it’s their own fault or not, they all have quite serious problems for people so young. They all lean on each other during the journey, growing closer along the way.
The adventures also both feature a good vs evil element. The boys are both racing against time and a group of bigger, stronger and older men than them. Both of the focus groups are good. Even if in ‘Stand by Me’ the boys are being greedy, their brother’s gang were the evil gang, hurting their own siblings who are only trying to inform the police about a dead boy. And in ‘Trash’ the police are the greedy people, torturing a young child for information.
In conclusion, the main focus of both stories is justice, whether it was looked for or stumbled across, both the stories showed you to stand up for what you believe is right, even if it seems impossible.