Every now and then I am reminded of this fascinating ability that Mr. Li possesses. Much like Barney in HIMYM cheers for Zabka to the horror of his peers, Mr. Li will come up with interpretations that can be baffling, eye-opening and at times downright infuriating. His most recent stunt involved my childhood favourites as we visited Disney on Ice and, to my amusement, he ended up presenting me with evaluations of the characters that would have never entered my mind.
As Gaston marches on the Beast’s castle, Mr. Li concluded:
“Actually this guy is very brave and he definitely exhibits great leadership skills by uniting the whole village to follow him. What does the Beast have?”
My reply: “The beast is a prince!”
His answer: “So only princes deserve a story?”
Without knowing much of the subject matter he just made a point that entire books have been written about. More importantly though, that’s what I call a reinterpretation! Gaston, clumsy oaf or brave leader? Discuss.
Luckily, all he got from me was a baffled giggle and the admission that he somehow has a point. When he was in school, the consequences of his non-mainstream way of thinking were much more serious. He once failed a test because the answer he gave was not in line with what his society defined as acceptable discourse.
The scenario was as follows:
You commit a crime and are caught out but the person takes mercy on you and does not punish you. What are your thoughts after the incident?
While the whole class answered, as the teacher expected, that they would feel lucky they didn’t face serious consequences and that this was a lesson to never commit a crime again, Mr. Li’s conclusion was “Great, I can obviously get away with this behaviour, I will do it again.” Not what the teacher had in mind.
While his teacher might not agree, I personally feel impressed by his ability to see the non-standard angles to a story; isn’t it a sign of creativity to be able to think outside the box? Leaders aren’t made by copying what everyone else is doing after all.
What are your thoughts on Gaston? Oaf or leader?