Rock's Balbo Analysis

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“No right to deny happiness” – Rock’s Balbo: Rocky VI Rocky is a film series that tells the story of an underdog boxer who rises from pit of poverty to a life of wealth. Only wanting what is earned out of life, rocky struggles throughout the film series trying to achieve a sense of happiness with his best efforts. In the sixth film, one of the struggles he goes through is his son abandoning him, and losing his wife to cancer; leading him to believe he’s failed the ones closest to him. Looking for a sense of completion, rocky attempts to renew his boxing license with The Pennsylvania Athletic Commission. They subject him to a series of physical tests to deem him fit for any boxing activity. After completing the trials, he stands before the…show more content…
That’s life. The only thing I’m asking you guys to leave on the table is what’s right....” I originally viewed the Rocky series as something that focused more on brawns rather than brains. I didn’t like Rocky’s character, or the film series because of my preconceived notion of it being too much about boxing. My mindset changed after I flipped through the t.v. one day and came across Rocky’s speech, “You have no right to deny happiness.” I realized the “Rocky” series was more about a person’s struggle rather than their career. I was so drawn in by that fact that I finished the movie and later rented the entire series to watch. The connection I built with the movie was through Rocky’s speech. The speech reflected a familiar unworthy feeling I’ve had once before when I try to achieve a goal only to be shown my efforts weren’t good enough. I felt like Rocky wasn’t only defending himself, but every person whom have had the same feeling and response after an effort was put in, but the reward was denied. Rocky highlighted this feeling and threw it in the audiences and commissions face. Showing the commission how the same unworthiness feeling every person has had is by their doing this time. I believe that is the power of passion behind Rocky’s speech. The director of the film knew this passion all too well and mirrored it perfectly in Rocky so the audience could relate to the main
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