The Freshman Film Analysis

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“The Freshman” and “Knute Rockne: All American”, two completely different plot lines with one connection: football to masculinity. “The Freshman” is about a Harold, a boy dreaming to go to college and be the most popular kid on campus. All of his dreams were based around this character from a movie, “College Hero”, name Speedy. Harold gets into Tate College and tries to copy Speedy in every way possible. Inorder for him to becomes the most popular student, he needs to take down the football captain. Harold joins the football team, believing this is the way he can be accepted, but was actually portrayed as the team water boy. Towards the end of the movie, there is a scene with all the players at the “Fall Frolic”. During this scene, Harold tries…show more content…
After the war between the states, Harvard’s president, Charles W. Eliot wanted sports to be a main factor of the college. Around 1903, almost three centuries after Harvard 's establishment, football began to rise. With the rise, the idea of comericialisment began and they knew focusing on creating a stadium would be important for the college. Before the growth of football into college athletics, there was a ban on the sport to be played. Students rebelled and things became very dangerous and violent. Students needed extracurriculars to be part of college as a way of entertainment and leisure. So the propelling dominance of football began. Eliot was surprised with the rise of football and how many people wanted to watch but agreed it was important to use this rise to bring in money and crowds of people. The new structure cost around $33,000 to make holding around 35,000 people, many times larger the amount of students. From this creation of new stadium came to higher cost admissions to Harvard and graduation standards. Harvard was said to be a model of gate wat money and evil side of athletics. Few years following the construction, faculty members including the president said it was a mistake to build this mammoth movement of football. At the time, this was the largest football structure in the world until 1927 when University of Michigan used this model. In 1926, “A Report on University Athletics”…show more content…
Some examples of statues could be memorializing presidents, social leaders, or war veterinarians. One thing these all symbolizes: powerful leaders of our country. Each memorial has a unique story behind it, explaining the purpose of the person or thing. To start off, Michigan State University has a few major memorials but a one that comes to mind to must Michigan State students and fans is Sparty Statue, located next to the football Stadium. The purpose of Sparty is to symbolize the power our university has. Sparty is placed on a high platform, making him tower over anyone. His poster is strict and straight, with his chest up and chin high. The statue also shows masculinity through his muscles like his abs and chest. However, a different type of statue that represents masculinity is Notre Dame 's, Knute Rockne memorial. Knute Rockne was a football coach and alumni at Notre Dame, who had a great deal of history during a peak time in football. He had amazing coaching skills and a connection with the boys on the team. Similar to sparty, he is placed into a wall outside of Alumni Hall, so he is taller than all others. He is cradling a football in a crouched position. Rockne face is shown as very sophisticated, just like Sparty’s face. One final memorial founded on American campuses are sport players. One SEC school, Florida Gators, shows three young men (Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel and

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