Powder: Questions Essay, Research Paper
1 Jeremy’s original source of rejection came from his parents who banished him
from his home. He was to live in the basement, away from society. This hurting
he received made him a more compassionate, caring and loving person. Although
his early stages of life were of persecution and sadness he accepted as a way of
life. Being banished from society, he solely learned the meaning of compassion.
He acquired the knowledge of caring and loving by experiencing the direct
opposite of treatment. When he received this treatment, he hated it, and wished
for something different.
2. Three personality traits of Jeremy or Powder were his extreme compassion,
his shyness, and his caring. Jeremy expressed compassion in the fullest possible
form. He expressed feeling for others that went to extreme measures. Such as the
passing of death from the dying deer to the sheriff who shot him for sport.
Since he was an albino genius, it would be simple to understand his difficulty
of fitting and acquiring new friends that he can socialize with. Thus he became
a shy boy that pretty much kept to himself. Jeremy’s characteristic that
distinguished him from the rest of society in which he lived in. Although he was
persecuted, beaten, and ridiculed at. He understood his characteristics and
understood why the boys hated him It was fear!
3. I respect Jeremy’s caring. Like Christ himself, he wouldn’t fight or use any
sort of violence to resolve problems. Jeremy would speak his words of wisdom, or
use his divine powers of mental stability and force to express a point. He would,
without hurting anyone, prove a point. This characteristic made us create a
field of empathy for the boy.
4. Jeremy showed his love and compassion and caring for other people and
creatures in a few instances in the movie. The most popular scene expressed
caring for a creature. A creature, in the shape of a defenseless deer. A sheriff
was with a bunch of kids, hunting when they should not. The sheriff found and
shot the deer. As the deer laid there breathing his last breathes of life,
Jeremy stepped into action. In order to express the anguish of death to the
sheriff, he held on to the neck of the deer and the arm of the sheriff. Using
his forces of mental power he fed the feelings of death to the sheriff. Even
though Jeremy loved the animal inhabitants, he also expressed compassion and
caring for the human population. Jeremy was being ridiculed once again during
stormy weather. A boy named Johnny pushed Jeremy into the mud, laughing Johnny
was then struck by lightning. Even though revenge would have been sweet, Jeremy
reacquired the life for Johnny.
5. The treatment Jeremy received in the cafeteria by the student is quite
disheartening and show the lack of empathy in the students. But the reasons for
his treatment is more intriguing than the actual treatment received. Einstein
once said, that we fear what is not known , and Jeremy was an unknown case of
supernatural difference. These students, being average, were reacting as normal
as frighten children, in the form of insult. These children were not mean, they
were frighten of the unknown. Another scientist or psychologist said that fear
is sometimes distinguished in the form of laughter. As the children insulted
Jeremy, other children laughed to relieve the tension they held within. Natural
human reactions are to laugh instead of crying when in fear, just as an infant.
And yet another reason for the harsh treatment of Jeremy, was because he made
everyone else seem normal. Today, people try to express their uniqueness the
clothes they wear. Of course they say that its their own look, but we all know
that peer pressure from friends and the media, cause them to do, what they do.
So, Jeremy being albino, distinguished all the other kids. The kids hated this
because they are working to be noticed (just as an infant will). Jeremy proposed
a threat to their uniqueness and that caused their behavior to be what it was.
There was once a student, who was quite isolated because of his external
appearance. But many students began to feel empathy for him and they invited him
to cafeteria tables and accepted into groups.
6. Now although, Jeremy seems to be living in a world of rejection, persecution,
and insult, he has a friend. Like the Good Samaritan, a girl from school,
expresses interest in Jeremy. She talks to Jeremy and sticks by him during harsh
times. Their relationship, sinks into a deeper level of love and compassion.
They become lovers. This girl listens to the troubles of Jeremy, and Jeremy does
likewise. It seems that they stood together as partners fighting the world in
which they lived in.
7. Jeremy was ultimately searching for a way to live free of anguish. He wished
to find a place where he can be accepted by all. A place where his looks were
disregarded and his intelligence acknowledged. In this story, he never finds his
promised land, so he escapes. Since Powder is nothing but energy, he flees to
a field of lightning where he is elevated and taken away. This seems to be in
parallel with the story of Jesus Christ and his resurrection.
8. I like the acting jobs by actors Jeff Goldblum and Powder . They tried their
very best to make sense of the plot that had no logic. Goldblum expressed his
scientific knowledge and Powder expressed himself as a suffering friend.
Although the actors did a superb job in the acting department. The story itself
is quite unlogical and makes no sense. If you find a boy with an IQ that
surpasses everyone else on the face of the planet, and he has the power to
elevate with lightning, one of the purest forms of energy, you are not going to
leave him in a school where he would beaten and made fun of. No, you will take
him to a home with a family that loves him and cares for him, while he uses his
mental power to learn and resolve many world problems.
9. Jeremy, parallels with Jesus. They both are persecuted, one for his beliefs,
the other for his external appearance. They both have divine power, one comes
from the heavens in the form of lightning, the other from God. Finally they both
escape this world leaving a message behind, one for us to be free from sin, and
the other to be free from ignorance.
10. Besides Jeremy, another character that I liked is Jeff Goldblum. He is an
authentic Jewish Scientist. Consistently searching for answers through the path
of science. Jeff is also quite understanding of Jeremy’s problem, and tries to
understand more from this boy of eternal powerand knowledge.
11. The story of Powder, teaches you the lesson, that you should not judge
people from their external appearance. Men are created different, but all in the
likeness of God. Powder also emphasizes the way society treats the unknown. With
violence, persecution, and hate. As in the cafeteria scene, Powder is ridiculed
and made fun of, yet he responds with love. Thus Powder, teaches the ultimate
lesson that love is more powerful than violence. I can incorporate this into my
life, by trying to understand that all humans are different in external
appearance, some are pretty, some are not. But they all have gifts within to
share with the world, if you just give them a chance to show them.