As a title, Rebel Without a Cause tells you almost everything you need to know. With absolutely no context, it conjures the image of a young person -- it's always a young person, isn't it? And with the context that comes from having a passing knowledge of American culture, even people who haven't seen the film can picture James Dean in the lead, grappling with the stiff, square s. There's no question that Rebel Without a Cause has been influential, and that some of its mythic status comes as the result of Dean's tragic death just before it was released.
Rebel Without a Cause: What to Do When Your Teen Revolts
Teenage Bedroom as Battleground - The New York Times
To many, Holden Caulfield, the year-old protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye , is the epitome of teenage anger and rebellion. After he's kicked out of school for poor grades, Holden begins a three-day exploration of the ups and downs of life in New York City. Holden's often-moody demeanor and reckless series of choices frequently strikes a chord with teenagers who read the novel. They understand Holden's confusion about growing older. They understand his choices to drink and pretend to act as an adult. They understand that he doesn't want to face his parents, and the resulting punishment he'll receive for his expulsion from school. For many teenagers, Holden's rebellious acts make perfect sense as a way to express freedom and pull away from the values society attempts to instill in them.
It never occurred to me that teenage defiance could be part of something bigger, like skipping class to persuade state legislators to support common-sense gun laws. It was; I replied and asked if I could tag along. One by one the students, dressed in all black, trickled in, loading megaphones, signs and orange visibility vests into the underneath storage compartment.
Suddenly, she thought her curfew was unfair, limits on what she could wear were labeled outrageous and questions about where she went were considered an invasion of privacy. What in the world happened? When did that sweet girl turn into a walking, talking cyclone of rebellion? Turns out Kelly is going through the typical teen process of learning self-identity. She's pushing for greater independence as she tries to discover her own identity and what she wants her world to look like.