I chose Lucy’s Visit in the Rollo at Play section. The text talks about the day Rollo and Lucy spent together. In it Rollo learns various lessons about complaining. Due to bad weather, the trip up the mountain to get blueberries was cancelled. Rollo refused to believe it was going to rain and still insisted on going. He constantly complained about the rain and not being able to go out. His father opted to teach him a lesson because him sulking about things out of their control, was ruining the mood of the others. After his punishment and apologizing Rollo goes back to play with Lucy. This time they’ve both become bored with the ideas they came up with for fun. Rollo’s mom suggest doing something as a duty that will in tame cause the disappointment about the pleasure they seek to fade. Initially they struggled to do this, not being able to read properly because they weren’t enjoying what they were doing.
This reminds me of a scene from the Disney Movie Highschool Musical 2. Troy, one of the main characters got all of the wildcats a summer job. They all agreed thinking it would be a fun summer together. Once there, they began getting a bunch of orders, and getting in trouble for minor things. The job is not as fun as they expected, they all began to complain. But Troy, convinces them that working will be fun and they’re all in it together. Here’s a link to a clip below:
High School Musical 2 Work This Out Scene
In both cases, the characters are struggling with the idea of duty and pleasure. They change their attitudes to suit their circumstances and make the best of it.
High School Musical 2. Dir. Kenny Ortega. Perf. Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Corbin Bleu. 2007. Web.
Abbott, Jacob. “JACOB ABBOTT, Rollo at Play, Or, Safe Amusements, Boston: Thomas H. Webb & Co., 1838.” N.p.: n.p., n.d. 66-95. Web. 19 Oct. 2015. <http://www.bostonliteraryhistory.com/chapter-4/jacob-abbott-rollo-play-or-safe-amusements-boston-thomas-h-webb-co-1838>.