In Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger appeals to his audience’s sense of emotions in order to persuade his readers that the obsession with high school football negatively affects everyone’s future in Odessa, Texas. Bissinger relies on emotional appeals by employing devices and techniques to present individuals’ personal stories and experiences. His searing portrayal of Odessa, and its Permian High School football team, exposes the side of sports that severely impacts the people living in this society. Bissinger shows the long term consequences of this delusion on the people who are directly and indirectly associated with Permian football. This demonstrate how detrimental the burdens are for the children, which touches the reader’s heart. …show more content…
The impact a community may have on younger generations is overlooked. Bissinger enhances his rhetoric by incorporating the inequity of the sport, and how any event can prove that life is not always fair to encourage the audience's views on it’s dangers to shift. He urges readers to be more aware of their surroundings so they do not fall with the crowd. The Friday Night Light addiction is displayed to show readers how it blinds people from principles that construct the legislation of a progressive community. The small town of Odessa’s pride and joy is its football team, which explains the sacrifices are made for the sport. Bissinger’s points on the realities behind high school football that are very surprising to the audience. This overarching case explains why fans are so emotionally dependant on the success of the boys on the team, and how far the coaches will go have the dream team. Several factors about the football team is kept away from the public's eye to maintain the sense of excitement and glory among the community members. A preacher and politician, Laurence Hurd criticizes how …show more content…
Bissinger emphasizes this point to persuade the readers to understand how detrimental pouring large amounts of money and energy towards the high school football team severely impact the future of all the students in Permian High. The small pond these children are living in disrupts their academic success, and the adults fail to recognize this notion. A teacher of thirty-one years, Jane Franks explains that they are now “deadened to themselves and to the world around them” because of their constant lack of effort in class (133). Bissinger includes her views on the effects of the obsession with football, and how the football players are encouraged to only focus on the sport. Franks describes them as ‘deadened’ to the outside world, further examining how unprepared these young adults are for the real world. The delusion of sports being more important than academics is refuted and pitied by the audience members who have not grown to believe these fundamentals of Odessa. He reaches out to the readers by allowing them to comprehend that these students cannot become contributing members of society, because they attend a fractured school system, that does not motivate them to achieve greatness beyond high school football. The community’s need to having a victorious season affects people who are not on the team by denying them opposites in areas other than football, when most
In the documentary “Football High,” Rachel Dretzin explores the world of high school football in Louisiana, using various rhetorical devices to convey the emotional and physical intensity of the sport. Dretzin uses hyperbole and repetition to emphasize the significance of football in the lives of its players and community. Hyperbole is employed to create an exaggerated sense of the importance of the sport, such as when a coach states that "football is life." (30:28) This statement emphasizes the role that football plays in the lives of players and their families, highlighting the sense of identity and purpose it provides. Repetition is also used to drive home the emotional weight of the sport.
The Education of Dasmine Cathey “The Education of Dasmine Cathey,” by Brad Wolverton is an informative and compelling story about a student athlete who struggles with making educated choices that he is not familiar with in life, college, and football. There are so many reasons young college athletes succeed in sports, but fail in education. This story is a tragic tale of educational shortfalls that caused Mr. Cathey a football player to fall through the cracks of a flawed school system and became exploited by his family, friends and the college football program. These challenges during these times, created unwanted side effects in every aspect of his life. This is a great story because the author allowed the reader to feel every emotion
Little kids always want to make it to the pros, as they get older they narrow it down into smaller goals. I will never know what it’s like to go to a small town school; I graduated with a class of over 500. In this school of approximately 2,000 students, I can only imagine the pressure that was put on our football team when their season started to become a winning one. Odessa is a small town located in western Texas, home of the Permian Panthers. The Permian Panthers are only a high school football team, but the way the town acts you would think they were all going to receive major scholarships.
New York State assemblywoman, Nily Rozic, and California assemblywoman, Lorena Gonzalez, in their article, “Cheerleaders- Until They See Their NFL Paychecks”, question the conduct of hardworking cheerleaders in the National Football League. Rozic and Gonzalez’s purpose is to provide a basis for discussion about the unfair wages of cheerleaders and to call the NFL to reflect and alter their policies. They create an empathetic tone to highlight to their female, sports fan audience that while the NFL brings in plenty of profit, very little of it goes to the cheerleaders they employ. In their article, Rozic and Gonzalez use an appeal to “equality in the workplace” to implore their readers to challenge the NFL’s current rulings. Rozic and Gonzalez
To most players on the Permian High School football team academics are put off because of football. But Brian Chavez is not most players, he cares about school a lot. Brian has a grip on reality he realizes that he cannot play football forever, there has to be a backup plan. “As he headed into his senior year he also realized that he wanted something more. No matter how glorious and exciting the season was, he also knew it would come to an end” (Bissinger 156).
Also, he shows that it is okay to admit student athletes because they learn to be discipline, respect, and leadership based on being on a team environment. He does have a fallacy of a False Analogy because he states that the author of the first essay knows nothing about football because he attendee home games and the author of the second essay would play and he was in this environment while in school. He thinks because student athletes put a lot of their time in to school and football that they should be getting a stipend with their scholarship because they put more hours into college work with all of their training and practicing and with their studies. He also, does not contradict
For many years has football has been considered the utmost dangerous sport in high school, but recently many new studies have been made to prove the exact opposite. High school football gives money to the school and improves the school. In high school sports when a team wins the championship the school gets money that can be used towards hiring new teachers, providing scholarships for students, buying new books, and overall improving the school itself. When a high school football team wins the championship the team's school gets $400,000 that can be spent on the school in many different forms.
Football is a very popular sport not only in American high schools and colleges, but also in the entire country of the United States. Is playing high school football worth the risk and harm inflicted to high school football players? This is the main question raised by the author, Raymond Schroth, in the article “Abolish High School Football.” In this article, Schroth talked about the disadvantages and harms of playing high school football to the players. Schroth argued that high school football should be abolished because it had contributed more harmful effects than benefits to football players.
This notion is supported by Dr. Daniel Gould, who believes that “Children who participate in sports have increased educational aspirations, closer ties to school and increased occupational aspirations in youth” (1). People against the funding of high school sports think that parents and society are placing more emphasis than ever before and, “[P]ressures athletic personnel to deviate on winning from the athlete- centered educational and personal development mission” (Gould 1). However, athletes strive to do better in class. Michael Lorenc, a high school basketball coach believes that “those who seem to have an overwhelming schedule where they’re playing maybe multiple sports, and high academic schedules, they tend to do better than those who don’t do anything extracurricularly” (Gray). Balancing sports and school makes athletes put more effort into keeping up grades while playing the sport they love.
In the book Friday Night Lights, author H.G. Bissinger documents Odessa, Texas’s 1988 Permian High School football season. By depicting a class of students who would rather rally at football games than get an education, Bissinger presents his belief that the school is disregarding education in order to produce a winning football team. I agree.
For many people today, there is a large amount of entertainment to be found in sports. It’s not just watching the sports anymore, but there are also fantasy leagues for almo every sport. There are even leagues for college level sports, because college sports have become a significant part of entertainment for many Americans. However, despite its wild popularity, college sports have unappealing aspects, their detriment to academics being the most prominent. “The average student gets nothing from football programs that remain sacrosanct despite tuition increases” (Bissinger 169).
A Rhetorical Analysis of “The Education of Dasmine Cathey” Writer, Brad Wolverton, in his article “The Education of Dasmine Cathey” first appearing in The Chronicle of Higher Education, conveys the journey of a former University of Memphis football player who was poorly educated and how he struggled to be academically eligible. Wolverton’s purpose is to illustrate the widespread of educational shortcomings of NCAA athletes and the complicated ways athletes struggles gets brushed under the proverbial carpet. (Wolverton) In this article Wolverton utilizes a straightforward tone by using pathos to appeal to the readers with Mr. Cathey’s difficult situation also utilizing logos and ethos etc. to help make a presentable argument to which I will be analyzing.
“Don 't cry because it 's over, smile because it happened’’ this quote by Dr Seuss represents a positive look to an end of an experience. For high school athletes this quote connects to a final game, or match, in one 's high school career. The great coach, Eddie Rake, awaits his death while the football loving town of Messina remembers his legacy, for Neely Crensaw and other past players the memories they remember cloud the reality of their coach 's status. By controlling the use of diction and repition John Grisham,the author of Bleachers, develops an idea that one should love memories whether good or
According to " The Case Against High-School Sports" (2013), sports could create some study, health, and time management problems for schools and students. In this post, Amanda Ripley initially shows the benefits when involving in the high-school sports: exercise, sportsmanship lessons, some positive personalities, more fun and staying away from vices. She also writes some tales to inform readers that in the US, students are interested and enjoy in sports more than other peers in other countries. However, she claims that the high-school sports have negative effects on schools and students. Next, she gave some schools ' examples to show the problems when schools and students spent too much time and money in high-school sports.
Comparatively,by uniting as a community and finding strength in others, we can rebuild our lives despite tragedy and the adversities that may come along. This idea is insightfully expressed by McGinty- Nichol in the film, We are Marshall,where the community of Huntington gathers,praising for the Marshall university football program to continue on despite having no players after the tragic death of the ‘thundering herd’. The diegetic sound of the community shouting together in response to Nate raising his fist “We are Marshall !” Is a meaningful cultural representation as the culture of the community evolves around football and chanting for the team as football is all they have. Additionally,the high-key lighting of the sunlight streaming upon the students as they look up to Nate competently represents that there is hope for the community and used to represent how innocent the people of Huntington were prior to the catastrophe that occurred.