TOEFL Essay Topic 180 - Movies are popular all over the world. Explain why movies are so popular. Use reasons and specific examples to support your answer.
Generally, many people likes entertainment, especially movies. In my opinion, they like movies for the following reasons. One is that
Generally, many people likes entertainment, especially movies. In my opinion, they like movies for the following reasons.
One is that people can control their feeling by watching movies. Happy stories make us happy, and sad ones make us sad. Even when we are depressed, some movies are encouraging. Moreover, when we appreciate a wonderful love story with our partner, it naturally makes good atmosphere. By choosing an appropriate movies, we can control our state of mind. For example, when I was at collage, I lost a very important lacrosse game. Since it was the biggest game in the season, I got depressed for a few days. However, my girlfriend asked me out and we watched an encouraging movie which was popular in my country at that time. Although the story was a little cheap, I felt good after I saw the movie.
The other is that people can broaden their perspective. We can learn effectively what we cannot access in daily life. The combination of visual and audio of movies gives us a vivid impression and we can get the fresh image of things we do not know. The typical knowledge which we can learn through movies is about history and foreign countries. People can easily image the Middle Ages or African scenary. Moreover, what is primarily different from televisions is the power of strories. Movies effectively convey what the characters think and feel in a special context. One of my own example illustrate this point clearly. When I was at secondary high school, I did not go along with my parents. In spite of that, I happened to see a heart warming story about a child and his parents. That gave me deep understanding of my parents, and I learned to apprecitate them. Thus we can broaden our horizon in some respects.
In conclusion, people like movies for the reasons above. While movies seem to be just a kind of entertainment, they are quite useful. I have watched many movies, and would like to watch more in the future too.
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