Bend It Like Beckham Essay

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In the film Bend It Like Beckham, several characters go through both internal and external conflicts. Their minds are pulled in conflicting directions by two compelling desires, ambitions, obligations, and influences. In Jess’s case, she is conflicted with her desire to play football and her obligation to her family to follow cultural traditions (Bend It Like Beckham). She is torn between doing what makes her happy and her responsibility to her family (Bend It Like Beckham). Because of this, Jess is forced to lie to her family to continue playing football (Bend It Like Beckham). In Bend It Like Beckham, Jess plays for an all girls football team without her parents knowing. When they find out and tell her that she is not allowed to play…show more content…
She says that she needs to base her future on honesty and that accepting the scholarship is what she really wants. Her mother is upset at first but her father talks her into allowing Jess to go, saying that he does not want Jess to make the same mistake he did and give up her dreams (Bend It Like Beckham). Jess did not want to lie about who she really was anymore and told her parents the truth, resulting in them accepting her the way she is and letting her go to the states which was a big step for them (Bend It Like Beckham). Jess’s conflict of her desire to play football and her obligation to her family to follow cultural traditions ties to the overall theme of Bend It Like Beckham of cultural diversity and acceptance. Throughout the film, Jess experiences exposure to British culture (Bend It Like Beckham). Although she does not want to submit completely to Indian culture, she does not want to completely abandon her cultural identity either (Bend It Like Beckham). Her parents had a hard time understanding Jess’s interpersonal conflict with them due to the fact that they had chosen to remain separated from the British community rather than integrate (Bend It Like Beckham). Towards the end of the film her parents slowly integrate into the British community; her parents letting her go to the states to play football shows this (Bend It Like Beckham).

Works Cited
Bend It Like Beckham. Dir. Gurinder Chadha. Perf. Parminder
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