‘Dennis the Menace’ was always a favorite movie of mine growing up. After I re-watched it I discovered so many more underlying moral guidance’s. The distinct characterization and traits of each of the cast members gave me inspiration for my characters. Strangely enough, it seemed like a whole new movie when I was searching for ideas for my own book. After this second mentor text/movie, I was able to craft my characters in a way that connected to the moral of my story, powerfully. Having a mentor movie compared to mentor text helped me so much more. The character illustration was so vivid and easy to follow. It enhanced my awareness of character intentions and underlying causes. I had a clear sense of the characters intentions and their morals. In 'Dennis the Menace', Dennis's character was so powerfully portrayed. He wasn’t predictable however his actions only added to the characterization of him. Dennis’s character and actions in the movie help me shape my main character Vicky into the story. Maniac Magee gave me the basics of her characteristics; however, this movie let me integrate her into situations that prove this point. In turn, I created a plot line of events to go with my characters. Vicky, in my story, will get herself into many situations before she completely realizes she needs to change because her behavior is not appealing and that she should respect important people in her life and make them happy because they do so much for her.In 'Dennis the Menace', I believe Dennis's character is so powerful because he is virtually begging for attention, good or bad. Dennis has no consideration when it comes to his mother who try’s her best to provide for him and love him. Dennis is fiercely independent also. I Believe characters always do something for a reason, and Dennis feels that his mother is always abandoning him and dropping him of to be somebody else. In turn, he is mischievous and gets attention from that. His characteristics and his actions that coexist with his personality helped me shape my character Vicky. My character Vicky attempts to be very independent,however, she cannot do anything for herself. Vicky is extremely bitter because she isn’t as smart as others. Vicky then feels like she needs to be superior in everything else in order to be equal. Her perfectionist attitude mixed with her insecurities create her downfall.
Also, after watching ‘Dennis the Menace’, I was able to craft my minor characters as well. I got ideas for Vicky’s and Mia’s parents. I know that with Vicky I could use Mrs. Wilson as a comparison, because her parents are going to be pushovers. Mrs. Wilson always defends Dennis saying ‘kids will be kids’. Denis’s mom also can represent Mia’s mom because she is very busy and works a lot. These minor characters gave me a lot of guidance on which direction I want to take my story and also how to make my characters unique. It goes to show minor characters are not o minor because they play a big part in why the main character acts a certain way. They are more indirectly involved but they cause many events to take place.
Watching ‘Dennis the Menace’ again was so helpful in developing my story. It let me go into my rough raft with ease because I was able to construct characters that were powerful. Compared to Maniac Magee, 'Dennis the Menace' is definitely more the direction I would like to go in. The powerful character of Dennis helped me make a just as powerful main character Vicky.