Breaking away Essay

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breaking away

The movie "Breaking Away" presents the story of a young man from working class origins who
seeks to better himself by creating a persona through which he almost, but not quite, wins
the girl. The rivalry between the townies and the college students sets the scene for the
story of four friends who learn to accept themselves as they "break away" from childhood
and from their underdog self-images.

Dave Stoller, the main character, is a young man completely obsessed with cycling and
Italy. His fantasies are so well fabricated that he drives his family crazy by behaving
and speaking as if he were an Italian cyclist. Dave aspires to be one of the best cyclists
yet the best racers are Italian. He feels that in order to be the best, he must be
Italian. Dave carries his fantasy one step too far when he pretends to be an Italian
exchange student in order to impress an attractive female college student. When he
discovers that he actually likes her and confesses his charade, she ends the romance. This
single act reveals to the audience that Dave is ashamed and embarrassed to tell Kat that
the truth about his background; he obviously did not like who he was - a cutter. Dave felt
that in order to win Kat he needed to pretend to be someone who he

was not. However, his plan did not go over well causing him to lose Kat.
Dave's father is a used-car salesman who disapproves of his son's Italian fantasies.
Dave's father thinks his son is crazy, lazy, and that acting as if he were an Italian is
probably going to get Dave locked up and keep him from getting a decent education or a
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