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The Red Balloon Essay

The Red Balloon is about a little boy and his love for a red balloon. The movie is a French short movie which won the Cannes Film Festival Award. The film has many symbolic meanings. The movie begins when a little boy finds a large, red balloon. He rescues the balloon from a lampost and takes it to school. When he gets to school many children try to take the little boy's balloon.

The boy is forced to let go of his balloon other wise the other children will take it. But when he lets go of the balloon, it stays and waits for the little boy. After school the balloon is still waiting for the boy. The boy and the balloon begin to love eachother, the balloon follows the boy everywhere and always stays near him. The boy watches out for the balloon and other little boys who try to harm the balloon.

One day while the boy and the balloon are walking around they run into many little boys who are jealous of the balloon. They attack the balloon with rocks and throw things at it. The little boy tries to save the balloon, but he can't because soon the balloon is popped and begins to shrivel up. The balloon falls to the ground and then gets stomped on. The little boy is very sad about the death of his friend.

In the end all the balloons in the world come to the little boy to fly him away. It is a very happy ending after a sad climax. The movie means that if you love something enough and trust it and care for it, that even if it gets taken away, since you cared for it, you will be rewarded in the end. That is what it means to me, also that jealousy is evil. Jealousy is what made the other boys pop the balloon. Their mean ways hurt the little boy very badly and that isn't nice.



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