By Tán | April 30, 2011
In english class we read a book called The Laramie Project. It was about societal issues such as hate crimes, homophobia, discrimination, etc. Our final project was to write our own play of 5 pages about a social issue that needs to be addressed. I chose bullying because if you type it into Google right now, there will be news about it happening. Here is the idea for my play that I wrote:
Over The Edge
My idea for the final project in regards to the creative element portion is to write a play about bullying. The Laramie Project was such a strong play that I was very moved by it. In my play, the protagonist is in conflict with the world. Everyone around him mistreats him and all that neglect, sorrow, suffering, and torture begin to build up inside him. The bullies range from even inside the home starting with his family, to those at school, and even at his job. Whether we like to admit it or not bullying is a big issue that must be dealt with. There are many causes to it and yet many solutions to bullying but it still occurs on a mass scale. There have been many tragedies because of it and I think it is an issue that needs to be exposed to the world because many people believe that if it doesn’t happen to them then they shouldn’t care about it. The protagonist endures his share of suffering caused by the hands of others, both mentally and physically. He eventually commits suicide because his own family pushes him over the edge due to lack of a support system. However, the school he goes to is in mourning because no students have died in ten years. Prior to that for about 20 years, about six or seven kids have died each year all in a variety of ways. The school decides to create a program in the protagonist’s name and succeeds in its goals to inform students about available counseling or therapy options. The program spreads nationwide, receiving recognition from President Obama. The play ends with a reunion at the protagonist’s tombstone where his family apologizes to him.