The Difference Between City People and Hillbillies in the Movie “Deliverance”

Deliverance is a 1972 movie set in the fictional Cahulawassee river in the Southern United States. It follows the story of four city people who took a rafting trip to Aintry, but their trip was cut short by the attack of hillbilly people. This movie, based on a novel by James Dickey, reveals the dark side of hillbillies as deviant and murderous. We see in the movie as two hillbillies attack Bobby and Ed on the bank of the river. The first hillbilly ties Ed to a tree while the second hillbilly violently rapes Bobby. After Lewis shoots the rapist hillbilly dead, the other hillbilly escapes and now is trying to wipe out the four city people. Therefore, it is evident that hillbillies are portrayed in this movie as murderous rapists. The only question is, what is a hillbilly, and what is a city person? Is there any similarities and differences between them?

A “hillbilly” is a stereotypical term for a person living in the Appalachian Mountains in the US, but the term also applies to a person living in the Ozarks. Hillbillies are generally thought to be dirty, unkempt, and feuding with a penchant for moonshine (Mmmmmmm, moonshine). The term “hillbilly” has unknown origin, although the definition existed way back in 1900. As I found out in Wikipedia, “a Hill-Billie is a free and untrammeled white citizen of Alabama, who lives in the hills, has no means to speak of, dresses as he can, talks as he pleases, drinks whiskey when he gets it, and fires off his revolver as the fancy takes him.” (1) From the meaning, it is evident that a hillbilly is a mountain-dwelling drunkard who likes to trash-talk and fire weapons at random.

A city person is, you guessed it, a person who lives in the urban area. City people in general are more polite, live a healthier lifestyle (or not, since some of them just went into bars and strip clubs), and possess a lot of technological gadgets. They drive in cars, buy stuff from stores and even the Internet, and to compare their music to hillbillies, they made techno music. Techno is essentially about synths, bass drops, and sometimes wildly fast rhythm, while hillbilly music involves banjos and other string instruments. Therefore, it is evident that city people live a lot more modern life than hillbillies. They can shop online while hillbillies didn’t have knowledge to the Internet yet. However, there is a similarity that both city people and hillbillies drive cars. The only difference is that city people have expensive sports cars, while hillbillies have busted old cars that are still functional. And finally, to cap this essay, I have a lot to say that city-dwellers are way more advanced than hillbillies, but they’re all humans after all. Therefore, we should not judge people by their looks, just like judging a book by its cover.


The Twist at the River: Deliverance movie essay #1

Deliverance is a 40-year-old movie that was very popular at that time. It was a classic movie that tells the journey of four city people to Aintry to save it from flooding due to a dam being built. The names of the quad are Lewis, Bobby, Ed, and Drew. Lewis is an experienced outdoorsman, Ed a veteran, and Bobby and Drew novices. Together they try to raft the deadly Cahulawassee river and must avoid confrontation with the hillbillies. I know this movie is worth watching, but the turn happens during the middle part. It is when Bobby and Ed wait for Lewis and Drew to arrive. While they’re waiting, they encounter two hillbillies and they start to sexually attack them. Luckily for the doomed duo, the other duo happens to see the incident. Lewis, aiming the arrow at the hillbilly, shoots and kills him. Then the group promised never to talk about the incident ever again.

The adventure continues as the quad canoe downstream. Suddenly, Drew gets shot on the head and falls into the river. The others then lose control and falls into the river as well. Lewis breaks his femur and Bobby and Ed get stranded. As we are dragged deeper into the suspense of this movie, Lewis believes that Drew was shot by the toothless hillbilly, and he’s after them! Ed responds by going and trying to kill the hillbilly. He aims at the hillbilly, but he slipped and the arrow hits him instead. Then the hillbilly aims his shotgun at Ed, but misfires and collapses, solidifying the fact that Ed in fact killed the hillbilly after all. After all these horrifying moments, the trio canoe downstream, and catch glimpse of Drew’s dead body. Ed and the trio weigh Drew’s body down the river, and continued to canoe to Aintry.

From this synopsis, it is clear that the adventures of the four city people suddenly transformed from a peaceful canoe trip to an all-blown nightmare. We see in the final scene as Ed had a bad dream about a dead hand rising from the lake, which is speculated to be Drew’s. From this information, we see that the death of Drew left a psychological gash on Ed’s mind. Consequently, the turning point in this movie is in fact the death of Drew.

How to be a Good Citizen: A Reader Response to This Boy’s Life

After part three, the story of young Tobias Wolff, a.k.a. Jack continues with the opening where Dwight thought of enrolling Jack into the Boy Scouts to turn him into a man. He also forced him to do household chores and sell newspapers, a la Cinderella. Jack started to get fed up with his new stepfather as in Dwight’s eyes, he is a good-for-nothing. Plus, he hated the job of husking chestnuts as the fluid made his hands turn orange and stink. And as for the “a la Cinderella” part, I mean that the household chores pretty much matches the plot of the fairy-tale where Cinderella is forced by her stepmother and sisters to do chores. See the striking similarity? If not, then you haven’t read either This Boy’s Life or Cinderella yet. Another example of Jack’s growing resistance against Dwight is when he forced him to wear an old, oversized scout uniform that somehow belonged to his son Skipper. If he cannot afford a scout uniform, then why does he forced Jack to wear it? Because he’s Dwight, and he can do whatever he wants and whenever he wants!

In the fourth part, the “Fight Club” moment came when Jack and the boys saw another boy named Arthur Gayle, which is the biggest dork in sixth grade and was a sissy, according to Jack himself. His girlish attitude is somehow different than Dwight, who was soon to be found out as a violent person in the later chapters.

Plus, Arthur's girlish attitude is somewhat different than Hideyoshi Kinoshita's girlish looks.

When Jack started by calling Arthur a sissy, he started to punch him. Jack retaliated, and a fight ensued. Soon, his “girlish” attitude was gone, but later came back when he came out as the loser. In other words, Arthur only showed his aggressive attitude for a short while.

In the late parts of part four, Dwight forces Jack to play basketball in street shoes, which he trips over when he was in the court. This lead to his school team’s loss in a basketball match. Even though, Dwight later extended his abuse by calling him a sissy, which refers to the Arthur Gale case above. He even formed a sour relationship with Rosemary only because he was a poor shooter and Rosemary isn’t. In the final part of part four, he later gives Jack blows for stealing his car in the late night.

In conclusion, we all know that Jack’s experience of child abuse helps us to mend ourselves who we are without allowing ourselves to be abused at first place. We also get from this book that no matter how hard we try, things will start to get worse, but in the end we must not give up. If you lack motivation, read this book — this will motivate you for a while.

Dat Uncool Feelin’: A Reader Response to This Boy’s Life

Chapter two, ‘Uncool’, describes the situation where young Tobias Wolff and his mother moved to Seattle and meets new people, including Taylor and Silver, two women named Kathy and Marian, and a seems-harmless-at-a-first-glance man named Dwight. They then moved to Chinook and spent the rest of their lives there. When I first read the part where young Tobias, called Jack at that time, moved with his mother to Seattle, things went pretty plain sailing for him. New address = new life. When the boys had free time, they usually turned on the TV and watch Mickey Mouse Club. When the boys saw Annette, they started to make vulgar references; and to my eyes, they’re just boys — even big boys would make such references for having a bone, which to me sounds like b***r. However, Jack does not feel the same way as the other boys. He rather expressed his feelings to Annette as he did to Alice instead. So, in conclusion to this point, the boy’s attitude to be sick is ‘uncool’. That is why this part is named ‘Uncool’.

The next point is Jack’s mother, Rosemary’s relationship with Gil, which ended badly. I don’t know why Gil suddenly dumped her in this chapter, but he DID dumped her by not taking her to their first date. Jack’s caring attitude is like a weapon to soften hard hearts, to repair broken feelings, and to strengthen weak emotions. In other words, Jack comforts his mother presumably by telling her that she will get a new boyfriend.

The third point is when Rosemary was later remarried to Dwight, Jack realizes that the rest of his life will be changed forever. Dwight was a seems-harmless-at-first man as described above, but towards the end of the part, specifically in the third part *OMG SPOILERS!* he did convince Jack that his life will turn forever, hence the reverence ‘the next curve’.

The final point is the incident where Jack graffiti’d the bathroom wall by scratching obscene words with a girl’s comb. This is a deviance to the school rules, and therefore Jack has to meet the school principal for this. Besides, the principal also notices the nicotine stain on his fingers, but the part that had me cracking up with laughter is when he said an obscene word, “F*** you” in response to the question Rosemary gave to him regarding what he wrote on the bathroom wall.

In conclusion, part two describes Jack’s pleasant life at first until the time when Dwight made his debut. The author also conveys a message that someday your life will change when a specific event happened, e.g. when someone like Dwight arrived to the scene. Finally, I would like everyone to read this book when they have a down time to know what will happen after Dwight appeared on the scene.

Fortune Telling: A Reader Response to This Boy’s Life

“This Boy’s Life” is about the Author, Tobias Wolff who must endure the hardships of his life. It is a very interesting book because it not only makes us get sucked into the world of Wolff, but also it describes life in the 1950’s. When I read the first part of the book, what comes to my mind is that the main character Toby, which was Tobias Wolff himself, is somewhat a very active person which overcomes obstacles easily. However, he was also mischievous. I think my favorite part and the funniest is when he was playing during archery class and he was about to shoot Sister James. This part had me cracking real hard. Another favorite part is that the author mentions the name of his pen pal in his book. Her name was Alice and it sounds cute. This somehow reminded me of my pen pal whose name goes by Lily. She is an amateur voice actress who posts videos of her sweet voice to YouTube. In other words, Wolff reminds me of someone special through his book. When I read this book, I feel spellbound by the magic contained inside. It is more like a “fairy tale” than a biography, although the book really tells the story about the author’s life. It was “Unforgettable,” like what Time Magazine commented on this novel. As a final word, I will recommend other readers to read it because it contains golden moments from the life of Tobias Wolff. It will be a shame if they don’t read this.