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It is obvious that a teen today cannot relate to Norman because they are also fighting a war with Nazi Germany, but they can relate to him in many other ways. Norman is thrown into a totally new situation, just like someone moving or starting a new job could relate to. Yes, there is a scene where he asks someone to kill him so he does not have to be there anymore, but he comes back strong from this. Having to start a new event in life can be very difficult, Norman teaches us to push through and it will all be okay. The other four guys in the tank also teach us a lesson. People go through a lot in life, and it is not always easy. Norman wanted to die. But the four of them tried to help him out whenever possible because they all needed to be able to count on one another literally with their lives. This group of men show the importance of having a good strong group we can count on for anything, life is tough if you go through it alone. A lot of students in history class will wonder why they have to learn all of this. It is done and over with so why is it relevant to them? The response from the teacher is almost always "so we can learn from their mistakes and not make them again". That is why I chose this movie for my analysis. I know that a teen would not watch this movie and be like "oh yeah, I remember that time I was forced to go kill hundreds of men just so I could stay alive". But I know as I watched it I thought about how situations like this did happen during WWII. Real boys my age were forced to fight for their life, and here I am complaining about all of my projects due at the end of the semester. And the crazy thing is I can still relate to him. He is awkward when first thrown into a group and does not want to hurt another people. It is interesting how one big event in someone's life can change them forever.

The moral development in Norman is obvious. The scene above shows how he does not want to kill anyone no matter what. They have done nothing to harm him personally so why should he harm them? He begins the film in the maintaining social order stage. After Norman sees some men in his group of tanks be murdered right in front of him he begins to enter the individual rights stage.The scene below is after he is reminded how ruthless the Nazi's are. He is reminded of all that they stand for and his hatred for them grows. He becomes a great asset to the team. Before the end scene he and guys are offered the chance to take off or stand and fight, where there is no chance of survival. Norman is the first man to stand up and say he will join their leader in holding the crossroad. Norman enters the universal principle stage and begins to stand up for what he believes in. (I was unable to find a video that continued past this point for just 5 more seconds. Norman shoots he Nazi who comes out of the top of the tank as he yells "FUCK YOU". But you can still see how Norman is different on the battlefield.)

When Norman first comes on screen you can tell he feels alone. He begins in the industry vs. inferiority stage. The first bit of the movie it is obvious Norman is the replacement on the team. Grady is a man on his tank team that is upset about losing his friend of which Norman has replaced. Grady is constantly hitting Norman and doing everything possible to anger him. Grady pulls him away from the women he loves, he is rude and insensitive toward others feelings Norman obviously retaliates. The hatred between the two men is infuriating as a viewer, but for Norman it helps him through the identity vs. confusion stage. He sees Grady as a man he does not want to be anything like. As the movie continues on Norman becomes more comfortable with his men. Before the big fight Grady and Norman finally apologize, becoming more understanding of eachothers circumstance. And moments before the Nazis are in view the team gives Norman his nickname, "Machine", it is not until this moment that Norman finally feels as if he is one of the guys. All of this is what puts Norman through the intimacy vs. isolation stage. He learns that he needs to stick by these guys and trust them with his life. With maybe 10 minutes left in the movie Norman thinks he is going to die. He has a conversation with Wardaddy about how scared he was and just the normal my life is about to end conversation. I do not want to spoil the movie so I will not say how it happens, but Norman is alive in the end. The end scene is Norman riding away in a car and he is just in disbelief he is still alive. I believe in the end Norman hits the generativity vs. stagnation stage. He knows how precious life is and he has gone through so much there is no way he is in the same stage as a normal 18 year old.

At the beginning of the movie Norman Ellison is a dainty young boy surrounded by men. He does not belong in Germany and he knows it. He goes through a lot while being the teams' new machine gunist though. You begin to see changes as his confidence and hatred towards the nazis grows. He stands taller, gets dirtier, and looks angrier. When given the chance to be alone in a bedroom with a woman he is very awkward and nervous beforehand and afterwards he does not want to leave her. He honestly believes she is the love of his life. Although it is not said outright, the viewer is led to believe he loses his virgnity. Norman remains in the post-pubescent stage the whole film but he still does devleop physically, just not from stage to stage.




Teens Today

"Fury" is a movie based during the end of WWII. When a group of men who run a tank lose their fifth guy, they are in desperate need to find a replacement. Norman Ellison is an 18 year old boy who has only been in Germeny for eight weeks. His whole life changes when the men find him and force them to be their fifth. Young boys are forced to mature real quick when they are thrown into battle.

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Throughtout the film Norman remains in the concrete operational stage but that does not mean he does not learn anything. Being back home and hearing about the war, is much different than going overseas and actually being involved in the war. When Norman was forced to join the Fury tank he learned so much. Maybe not all relevant to academics but he went back home a smarter man. He was taught how to shoot a gun fairly quick. He learned how to drink alcohol. He learned how to care about people other than himself. He learned to fight for what he believed in. He was taught how to stand up and believe in himself. Norman was forced to quickly realize on the battle field when he was in danger. He had to learn how to clean a tank. He had to learn how to stay hidden while keeping watch. Norman went from a boy he feared almost everything to a man who was ready to face anything.


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