Essay on Crossing Boundaries- Maos Last Dancer

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Crossing boundaries is pushing yourself past the limits. There are many people that cross various boundaries, whether it is a physical boundary, cultural boundary or a mental boundary. This is seen in the prescribed text, the film ‘Mao’s Last Dancer’ directed by Bruce Beresford. In this we see not only the main character Li cross boundaries but also, the minor characters, Ben and Teacher Chang. Crossing boundaries also heard in the Song ‘Love Story’ by Taylor swift. This song relates back to the play “Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare. In these texts we see Romeo and Juliet both crossing boundaries. There are many reasons why people cross boundaries, perhaps to prove a point to someone, to become a better person, or maybe because of…show more content…
After all the hard work put into the ballet dancing because he wanted to prove he was better then what they all thought he was, Li becomes stronger and by far the best ballet dancer after pushing himself to his best. This fable shows that anyone can push themselves to be better then they think. While Li is in America he finds a beautiful girl Elizabeth, who he thinks is the one for him. The beach scene we see of Li and Liz is a very important scene, this shows us a close up of the two of them, and Li lets Liz know how he feels free in America and that when he dances in China, its only Political Ballet. “I must dance political ballet in China, but I dance better here because I feel free” The beach scene shows relaxation and this is shown by the diegetic sound of the seagulls and the beach water in the background. This scene also shows that Li’s English is much more fluent and he understands a lot more. Everything is then going well for Li, his ballet is going just the way he never expected it to be, which was fantastic and he had his girl. But then the Chinese government sent a request for Li to go home back to china after being defected for 9 years, because they realised the fame and talent he had. Li didn’t want to go back to China, because he felt so free and loved it in America, as well as having his girlfriend that he did not want to leave. Li decides to cross the boundary and marry Liz, so then he is not allowed to go back to China, but this means he will not

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