Mean Creek : why was George's character so mean?

why was George's character so mean?

I mean I know he was supposed to be the bully but was there something in his his young childhood that caused him to be so mean?

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I think he had trouble fitting in and making friends because of his learning difficulties he talked about and it was said he had been held back a few years at school which can't have been easy on him, he also seemed to try and impress the older kids by picking on the kids his own age which backfired when they turned on him.

It's a shame more wasn't said about his mental health issues!

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Learning difficulties, my ass. Unless an expert comes here to confirm so, I really don't think learning difficulties, by themselves, make you violent, lose your control and empathy, and extremely rude when angry. If so, special education schools would be like jails, super dangerous. That kid was quite messed up and their parents didn't even notice.

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OP didn't say his learning disabilities made him violent, etc. He said they made him an outcast. The result of that is loneliness and anger, which leads to violence. Honestly, that's the pretty basic description of most schoolyard bullies, is it not?

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Well he was fat, dyslexic, held back and he didn't really appear to have a father figure. So yeah, he probably had some issues. My guess is he used to be bullied but turned into one himself as a defense mechanism.

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I think he also might have had a form of autism because of his behaviour when he was alone in his room.

I am just spitballing, but it could be possible.

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I think it's a mixture of things.. He had mental issues which obviously meant he didn't know how to interact with other people, we can see that by him blurting out about Martys dad.. Lack of thought getting him into trouble. Also, being held back, he could probably exert some control over the younger kids whilst trying to retain/gain some respect from the older kids. It's not an excuse, because I'm sure Sam and the other kids have their own issues which he didn't know about either so don't need him adding to it, but I definitely think his situation didn't help!

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It would have been better for him to have attended a school for kids with special needs or even home schooling him.

I'm surprised the public school continued to allow him to attend as his bullying would have been a major problem.

Otherwise an excellent movie.

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Schools are only now starting to recognize and do something about bullying. A lot of it is lip service, though.

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Why can't people accept the fact that some people are just *beep*

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I agree, I have ADHD and auditory processing as a learning disorder. But that doesn't make me feel the urge to hurt people. I think he was just a semi psychopath. Notice how charismatic and friendly he'd be just to get people's admiration, but when that didn't happen, he flipped out and had zero empathy.

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He has emotional problems man! Hes fragile, very fragile...

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THIS!!



The argument over nature vs nurture is as old as can be, but no matter which one overrules the other, there will alway just be people that may have the nicest parents, the best childhood, and every opportunity, but just are born to be a&$h0les.

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Because they took away his gamesphere

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Because He couldn't make friends and had learning difficulties I would imagine, he wasn't that mean after all he just couldn't control hes urges sometimes....


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He was mean because that is how he was made.

He is a product of his genes and his environment/culture and should have been sent for psychiatric treatment years ago, not just be 'held back' in a mainstream school.

He displays all the traits of a psycho. His physical violence was also scary - especially considering that he had previously hit Clyde in the face with a bat for no apparent reason. His creepy video of recording his whole life for some future 'alien race' - wow, talk about self-aggrandizement (a hallmark of a psychopath). He's a very messed up and scary individual.

His personality is already built, and it's been built in a very unhealthy way, so whilst I feel sorry for him, I don't feel sorry that he died (which anyway was by misadventure, brought about by his own behaviour - had he not been the person he was, he never would have ended up on the boat).

He is a menace to his current society and needed to be isolated from it for the safety of others and himself (the usual approach for psychos). At least he would probably still be alive.

Even though he was 100% convinced they were being kind to him (note they had clearly stated they had forgiven him for his previous attacks) he still spewed forth his hate at every opportunity.

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George wanted to be liked and to have friends, and he was trying excessively hard to get the other kids to like him. He was socially awkward, and had difficulty making friends. Being invited along on the trip meant a lot to him. Then he discovers that it was all a trick, and the intention was to humiliate him. The fact that the other kids had changed their minds about it went completely over his head. He lost control of himself and began to rant at them. He didn't have much control over his emotions, and he easily lost his temper.
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