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Shows the Ways in Which the City Can Affect Young People


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off shows the ways in which the city can affect young people. There are several episodes in the movie which describe how Ferris, Sloane, and Cameron drive into downtown Chicago and have a fine day in the city, including lunch at a fancy restaurant, participating in a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, and visiting the Sears Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Ferris and his friends participate in the annual Von Steuben Day Parade. Ferris has fun lip-synching to The Beatles’ song “Twist and Shout” on a large floating structure as the crowd of people joins him singing and dancing. The young people become more open to communication and more relaxed. They feel freedom and use this freedom in their own way. They begin to love life and enjoy each moment of staying in the city of Chicago.

Kostoff gives description to nine characteristics of cities, including “a certain energized crowding of people,” “places that tend to come clustered with other towns, places that are circumscribed in some way” (qtd. in Sorkin 67). Mumford writes about cities paying special attention to their nature which is always a compelling paradox that is concluded in the “existence of rational collective organization of the physical means of life without the necessary organs of collective association and responsible social control” (qtd. in Fried 221). Actually, cities are different as there are different people living in these cities. I believe that residents make cities transformational. Specific events that are held in the city affect people. The works of Mumford and Kostoff provide a rich resource for thinking about the effects of modern cities on individuals, their feelings and social interactions. The concentration of culture, infrastructure and the availability of different institutions in cities stands for the progress of civilization which provides a great deal of opportunities.


Works Cited

           Fried, Lewis. Makers of the City. University of Massachusetts Press, 2000. Print.

Sorkin, Michael. All Over the Map: Writing on Buildings and Cities. Verso Books, 2013. Print.