We can explore the political and cultural background of Thatcherism to understand the events in the film. Margaret Thatcher was the first and only woman Prime Minister of the UK. During her three mandates there were many radical changes in every field of English economy, society and politics. Her era is called Thatcherism. Her policy contained privatisation; reduction of the power of the local governments, reduce the role of Trade Union, and reconstruction of the Welfare State. With these arrangements she and her colleagues created a very sharp North-South divide in England. The unemployment rate was higher in the North than the other parts of the country. Thatcher’s one thought was the coal mines were not economical so it would be a project to close the miners and the factories which were related to the coal mining. The miners did not really agree this theory and in 1984/5 the miners were on the strike.
The film is set in a fictional town, Everington, in Durham County. This is one of the towns which are included in strikes. It is a heavy-industry town where the strike has no point. The miners who go back to work in the mine are scabs. Billy’s, the main character’s father and brother work in the local mine. They try to cope with the current e...
... middle of paper ...
...can reach our dreams if we fight for them and we do not give up because we do not reach our aims right away. We can see scenes which from we can learn if we think about the meanings and whys and try to understand why and what happens. We can get many from this film.
Billy Elliot. Dir. Stephen Daldry. Perf. Jamie Bell, Gary Lewis, Julie Walters. Universal Focus, BBC Films, 2000.
Chodorow, Nancy. The Reproduction of Mothering. London: University of California Press, Ltd., 1978.
French, Sean. "I enjoyed Billy Elliot." New Statesman  27 Nov. 2000: 28. Literature Resource Center. Web. 22 Mar. 2011.
Johnson, Norman. Reconstructing the Welfare State. A Decade of Change 1980-1990. Herdfordshire: Harvester Wheatsheaf,1990.
Romney, Jonathan. "Hovis ad." New Statesman  2 Oct. 2000: 45. Literature Resource Center. Web. 22 Mar. 2011.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- 1. The film Billy Elliot (Daldry, 2000) is set in a mining town in England during the 1984 miner’s strike. The plot focuses on Billy, the younger son of a mining family in which the mother has recently died, and Billy’s macho father and older activist brother take part in the miners struggle. Billy does not identify with the masculine world-view of his father and brother, and instead of boxing he secretly joins the ballet class. The notion of belonging to a group that shares the same values is repeated throughout the film, which portrayed class, gender and sexual orientation issues.... [tags: Cinema]
1870 words (5.3 pages)
- Margaret Thatcher Do you believe that women can change the history. What about a single woman who change her country history, not just that her work effect is affect her country until now. Margaret Thatcher or the Iron lady the previous Prime Minister of United Kingdom, the wise women who fight for people grace and benefit and her country economy and leading her country to a financial stability and to admit she is a hero we have to defined the meaning of hero so we can know if someone is a hero or not, in our case we use Miriam Polster criteria in her article Eve’s Daughters to evaluate if our character is a hero or not.... [tags: Margaret Thatcher, Privatization]
884 words (2.5 pages)
- Margaret Hilda Thatcher “I just owe almost everything to my Father and it’s passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.” (5) Margaret Hilda Thatcher, the Daughter of a grocer, was born on October 13, 1925 to Alfred and Beatrice Roberts of Grantham in Lincolnshire, England. Her over-whelming sense of self-confidence and ambition ruled her life from the time she was a small child, through her Oxford years, and during her early years in politics.... [tags: Biography England Thatchers]
1824 words (5.2 pages)
- Margaret Thatcher Power triumph, and authority. These are some of the most pronounce qualities possessed by none other than Margaret Baroness Thatcher. Throughout her lifetime, Thatcher was able to transform and lives of many. It was evident from the start that Thatcher would soon begin to influence life in the modern world. Margaret Thatcher contributed to the history, art and culture of Britain through woman’s rights, end of socialism, and the revitalizing the British economy. In her earlier years, Margaret attended Oxford University; majoring gin chemistry and later pursuing a law degree (The Path).... [tags: woman’s rights, end of socialism]
1660 words (4.7 pages)
- Abstract: Margaret Thatcher The essay explores the life, times and legacy of Margaret Thatcher, the most outstanding female in the 20th century. The controlling idea is that she was a woman with great ambition, endeavour and determination to overcome difficulties of reaching her dream. Her ambition gained her trust from others gradually and made her the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. She struck to sweep away a great prejudice against the mere idea of having a woman as an important political member .... [tags: Biography]
1553 words (4.4 pages)
- MARGARET THATCHER Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of Great Britain . Margaret changed many policies and she also defended strongly other government policies. An example of this was when Margaret Thatcher was Secretary of state for education and science. The government had to cut school funding by $300 million. She didn't want to cut anything that had to do with the students missing out of education. It was her duty to provide the best education for them. The solution she had come up with would be one of the most unpopular moves in her career-up to and including her as Prime Minster (Hole 35).... [tags: Political Science Politics]
1176 words (3.4 pages)
- Billy Elliot Into the World There are a variety of pathways and elements, which enables individual transition into a New World. ‘Into the World’ is about people choosing the next pathway into their life by their own determination, experiences and support which enables them to go beyond their original location and narrow view of the world. ‘Billy Elliot’ relates to the elective ‘Into the World’ as the film is about new possibilities opening up, determination, family support and individual growth.... [tags: Literature Analysis]
1253 words (3.6 pages)
- Margaret Hilda Thatcher is the first woman to have held the office of prime minister in Great Britain. She was born Margaret Hilda Roberts in Grantham, Lincolnshire and educated at the University of Oxford, where she earned degrees in chemistry. After graduation she worked as a research chemist from 1947 to 1951. She married Denis Thatcher in 1951, and in 1953, having studied for the bar, she became a tax lawyer. Thatcher joined the Conservative party, and was elected to the House of Commons in 1959.... [tags: essays research papers]
1974 words (5.6 pages)
- MARGARET THATCHER Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of Great Britian. Margaret changed many policies and she also defended strongly other government policies. An example of this was when Margaret Thatcher was Secretary of state for education and science. The government had to cut school funding by $300 million. She didn’t want to cut anything that had to do with the students missing out of education. It was her duty to provide the best education for them. The solution she had come up with would be one of the most unpopular moves in her career-up to and including her as Prime Minster (Hole 35).... [tags: essays research papers]
1178 words (3.4 pages)
- Margaret Hilda Thatcher Margaret Hilda Thatcher's overwhelming sense of self-confidence and ambition ruled her life from the time she was a small child in Grantham, though her Oxford years and during her early years in politics. It led her to become the first female Prime Minister of Great Britain, and also helped through her difficult political years as "Attila the Hun". Britain's first female Prime Minister was born on October 13, 1925 in a small room over a grocer's shop in Grandham, England.... [tags: essays research papers]
1540 words (4.4 pages)