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Name: Linda Martello
Date: October 6, 2001
Section: 512
Eng: 101

Finding Friendship

In Finding Forrester a movie that takes place in the Bronx, there are two main characters, William Forrester and Jamal Wallace who find friendship in an unlikely way because of their passion for reading and writing. Though both are very different from each other they are drawn together by similar interests.
The characters are different in many ways; Forrester is a male Caucasian in his mid seventies who graduated from Columbia University and lives by himself. Forrester has confined himself to his apartment for ten years. His only foray to the outside world is when he leans out the window to clean off the grime. Forrester pays for all other necessities that are handled by outside service. Another difference is that Forrester is non-confrontational. He would rather handle a problem behind closed doors than confront the person face to face. For example, when Jamal\'s English professor thinks he used a title from another author\'s writing without permission he demands Jamal to write a letter of apology and read it in front of the class. Jamal refuses because he feels he did nothing wrong. Yet, Forrester tells him to just write the letter and get on with life. On the other hand, Jamal is a sixteen-year old African American male who went to a private school on a scholarship and lives with his mother and brother. Unlike Forrester, he enjoys going outside, interacting with his friends from school and going to basketball games. Another difference between the Jamal and Forrester is his confrontational attitude. When harassed by another student from school on the basketball court, he handled the problem in his own way, proving his ability to do as well as the next person, which gained the respect from the coach and the other students.
Forrester and Jamal may have a lot of differences but they also have many things in common. Forrester\'s passion for reading is reflected by the number of books lining his walls and stacked on the floor of his apartment. Jamal\'s ability to recites passages from many of the books he has read indicates the pleasure he takes in reading. Another similarity is Forrester\'s enjoyment in writing. He published a book and an article plus he has a file cabinet filled with other books and articles he wrote but never published. Jamal takes pleasure in jotting down information, thoughts and daily events in books that he carries at all times in his book bag. This gift of expressing himself in writing enabled him to obtain a scholarship to a private school. Both characters take pleasure in sports. Before his hibernation, Forrester always traveled to Yankee stadium with is his brother as a loyal Yankee fan. Jamal\'s scholarship was also awarded due in part to his love of basketball, at which he excelled.
Finally the differences and similarity between Jamal and Forrester brought together two individuals to form a friendship that would last a lifetime. Jamal helped Forrester come out of his cocoon, to venture out into the world and live life once again. Forrester inspired Jamal to write from his heart. Both learned a valuable lesson from each other-never-let life pass you by, you might miss out on something very special.
In conclusion, the two things that Forrester and Jamal loved brought them together. Their love for reading and writing inspired one to leave his cocoon and the other to write with feelings.








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