Andrew Fletcher In The Movie Whiplach

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How much pain and suffering do you think is necessary in order to completely fulfil one’s goals in life or perhaps dreams? In the movie WhipLash, directed by Damien Chazelle, Miles Teller plays an aspiring jazz drummer named Andrew who pushes himself past his limits in order to become “One of the greats” as he puts it in the jazz world. Andrew attends one of most the prestigious music schools in the country called, Shaffer Conservatory. At the music school, there is a highly renowned music teacher, Terence Fletcher (portrayed by J.K. Simmons), who later recruits Andrew into his jazz band. The reason why Fletcher is looked at as one of the best teachers at the school is because he pushes his students far beyond their limits surpassing their…show more content…
Throughout the movie, we see the way that Fletcher manipulates his students and instils fear into his students. There is one specific scene where these methods are used on Andrew. When Andrew first joins Fletcher’s class, he pulls him outside of the class and has a one on one conversation with him. He asks Andrew what his parent did for a living. Andrew proceeded to tell him that his father was an aspiring writer but ended up being a high school English teacher. While his mother left when he was little. In this scene you get an impression of a sort of connection that they have at that very moment. They then proceed to go back into the classroom and begin to rehearse a song with Andrew on the drums for the first time with the band. At first the song is going well, but Fletcher abruptly stops the band and tells Andrew that he is out of tempo. After a couple more renditions of the song Andrew keeps getting the tempo wrong. Fletcher finally flips out on Andrew and starts to call him derogatory terms and humiliate him in front of the class. He uses the conversation that they had in the hallway against him saying “You are a worthless, friendless, faggot-lipped piece of shit whose mommy left daddy when she figured out he wasn 't Eugene O 'Neill ad who’s now weeping and slobbering all over my…show more content…
Even though it may seem that the only reason why Andrew kept pushing himself, was because of Fletcher’s manipulation; Andrew also pushed himself because of his desire to reach his goal in life to be “One of the greats”. There is no doubt in my mind that Fletcher’s manipulation had a large effect on Andrew 's success. Andrew also had his own motives for being successful and we see him sacrifice things on his own terms in order to achieve his goals. In the movie Andrew is seen leaving Shaffer Conservatory with a happy stride once he gets recruited by Fletcher to play in his band. He later goes to a movie theater that him and his father frequently go to. At that same movie theater there is a girl that works at the concession stand that Andrew is attracted to, and each time he goes to the movie theater he never has the confidence to ask her out on a date or confidently start a conversation with her. This time it is different, when Andrew goes up to talk to her he talks to her with more confidence, and works up the courage to ask her out on a date. In this very moment you can see how being part of Fletcher’s elite group of musicians has boosted Andrews confidence and overall self being. After being in Fletcher’s class Andrew realizes that he is going to have to make some sacrifices in order to be able to play to Fletcher’s expectations and prove to him that he is competent to be a core drummer. He then goes to break up with his newly acquired girlfriend Andrew states “Well I don’t

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