The Great Depression was a devastating period in United States History, the economy collapsed, and a staggering 25% of the population was unemployed. During this time, there were large wage disparity gaps that were very prevalent, there was no middle class, you were either wealthy or you were poor. It was hard for family life to continue, parents had to take up two and three jobs to make sure their kids were staying safe, and well. Most of these jobs were odd-jobs, and were temporary with no sense of security. It was a struggle to find work, and no job was too demeaning for you to do, because you may not find work again. James J. Braddock, who is the main character in Cinderella Man, knows the struggle of the Great Depression, and how he did not take any chance for granted. A similar film, Rocky, which shows Rocky Balboa as an underperforming boxer, who gets his one shot at fame and does not squander it. The purpose of these two films were to show social class disparity. Through hard work and a bit of fortune, anyone can make it in the United States, as portrayed in these films. The use of lighting, camera angles, and sounds allowed for the accurate portrayal of these events. To start, Cinderella Man portrays the hard life of James J. Braddock, who was a professional boxer and had much success early on, then struggled because he broke …show more content…
That through heart, determination, and favorable chances, you can make it in this world. These two films should be looked at in a different way as well as being heartfelt stories, they should be viewed as triumphs of the human spirit, that class does not define a person. That through hard work anything is possible, do not let chances slip away. Social class disparity is very apparent in both films, but also how they can be overcome, and how everyone has a chance at making it in this
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The Great Depression The Great Depression was by far one of the worst times of America’s history, and the world’s history. The Depression affected everyone except for the politicians and the wealthy. During the depression a lot of people lost their jobs which caused the unemployment rate to sky rocket to 14% of America’s population was unemployed, and the number would stay their till World War 2, and the depression started in the 1920’s. Middle class workers were hit the hardest in the depression. Most of the middle class citizens lost their jobs.
“Cinderella Man”, a movie based on the Great Depression, was released in May 23, 2005. This movie is nonfiction, and is based off James Braddock’s life trying to make a living in devastating times. Will they be able to survive? Although Jurgis and James both have a good work ethic, they have many similarities and differences in their physical traits, family dynamics, and personal
In the film Cinderella Man, directed by Ron Howard, James Braddock had immediate success as a boxer. James ended up being hit by the great depression and losing everything including his source of income through boxing. Both of these men encountered events throughout their lives that many other
The Jungle written by Upton Sinclair is a book about the family of Jurgis Rudkus, an immigrant family, moving to America and having to work in meat packing plants in Chicago in the early 1900’s. Cinderella Man directed by Ron Howard is a movie that takes place during the Great Depression in the 1930’s is about a American boxer, James Braddock, that has to survive with little money after getting hurt and not being able to box. Jurgis Rudkus and James Braddock are very similar throughout this book and movie. They go through hard times, but in the end they get what they want and have a much better life.
The great depression was a very hard time for almost all Americans. In 1930 there were 5 million people unemployed and it was up to 13 million by the end of 1932 in America. Almost all of America was classified as poor and didn’t have a living wage and most of America was falling apart. The three most impactful reasons that the Great Depression happened in the United States was because of the stock market crash, unregulated banking institutions, and overextension of credit/excess consumerism.
The movie Cinderella Man was incredibly accurate of what it was like to live in the great depression, in its portrayal of the characters, setting, and events of the movie. Like in the movie, Jim J. Braddock was a boxer that lived during the great depression. He had many adversities that he had to face, and they are generally what fueled him to continue fighting. Movies usually tend to over exaggerate struggles, but Cinderella Man shows the raw reaction and reality during that time. The details about the characters in this movie are very accurate except for a few small details.
In the classic hero versus villain tale, the struggle between good and evil seems to be black and white. And yet in Unbreakable (M. Night Shyamalan, 2002), the lines are blurred so that the villain creates a hero. The villain, Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) has a disorder in which his bones break like glass and therefore distorting his childhood and making him seem like an outcast. As where our hero, David Dunn (Bruce Willis) is the star athlete, who gave up his potential career in football for a girl who he loved. The two characters are juxtaposed in every way possible: fragile to unbreakable, strong to weak, self-assured to needing guidance.
he Great Depression was a time of huge economic downfall. During this time period people lost their homes, money, and everything they had ever earned. Millions of people were affected, including the middle and lower classes, who would just become poorer. People in upper classes, even dropped to the lower class. This downfall began on October 29, 1929, and the leading cause was the crash of the stock market.
Have you ever overcame problems that you thought you never could? Well many people have also. A man named James J. Braddock and his family in the film “Cinderella Man” struggled and overcame challenges brought on by the Great Depression in the 1930’s. The Great Depression was the most darkest and long-lasting downturn in American history. And it all began after the stock market crash in October 1929.
The movie accurately depicted the story of James J. Braddock, a successful boxer, before the Depression. The inaccuracies in the movie were overlooked with how accurate the other parts of the movie were. The actors and actresses of the movie played their parts perfectly, especially Russell Crowe. Crowe played his part as James so well that one could almost think he was the real James J. Braddock. Cinderella man is a powerful and moving story about a poor, local man having the courage to keep boxing and eventually becoming the heavyweight champion of the
He was a star in the Negro Leagues (he learned to play baseball while he was in prison) however, his athletic ability decreased just before blacks were accepted in the Major Leagues. He is strong, hardworking, and tells fictitious stories in which he twists the truth. He is the breadwinner and plays a leading role in his thirty-three plus year friendship with Jim Bono. He is the centerpiece of all relationships in the movie. He is a father to Cory, Lyons, and Raynell.
The Great Depression was not only one of the defining moments in American history, but also one of the most difficult hardships Americans faced. During the Great Depression, which was ignited by the stock market crash of 1929, people faced unemployment, poverty, and changes in government the ultimately shaped America today. Many people believe that The Great Depression began when the stock market crashed on October 29, 1929 (“The Great Depression,” American Express). In the mid to late 1920’s the stock market grew majorly, the stock prices skyrocketed gaining interest from all kinds of people.
In the film “Zootopia” the main issue that is focused throughout the movie is the presence of predators and prey. The movie also focuses on the somewhat social standards built in this “perfect” society. However, as we all know there are no “perfect” societies, and that every society has its flaws. We start with the first issue of how predators and prey should interact with each other. In one of the first scenes we see Judy, the bunny and one of the main characters of the movie, standing up for one of her friends from a fox.
Nishat kazi (Muniya) 11th grade The Great Depression was one of the worst downturn of economy in the history that took place during the 1930s. It had a catastrophic effect in countries on both rich and poor. Though there are a lot of causes behind the Great Depression,the main three causes were-1.Bank failure 2.Stock market crash 3.laissez faire.
In 1937, John Steinbeck wrote the novella Of Mice and Men. In the novella Steinbeck showed the audience how the Great Depression affected people, but in partially two men and the people around them. The Great Depression challenged many families in economic, social, and mental ways. The Depression affected family of all shapes and sizes, the annual yearly income for a family went from being an average 2,300 to being 1,500 yearly. The novella Of Mice and Men, it is about the journey of two men, George and Lennie, and how their lives are affected by the Great Depression.