Remember The Titans Rhetorical Analysis Essay

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Essay One: Analyzing Rhetorical Situation The movie Remember the Titans, made in 2000, highlights black and white segregation in the 1970’s. Early in the movie, an all-black school and an all-white school in the Virginian suburbs are forced to integrate, including the football team. Being in the company, and furthermore, playing with members of the opposite race is completely foreign to these boys. They have been secluded within their own race their whole life and now they are the only interracial team in the country. The team must overcome adversity and learn to work together, to prove themselves both on and off the field. The Titans train in Gettysburg, and early one morning their coach, Hermann Boone, played by actor Denzel Washington,…show more content…
Aside from an inspiring and motivation coach, he also has an image of a fearful leader. This connection is made when the audience thinks about Denzel Washington’s Oscar winning role in Training Day, a 2001 movie about Denzel as an antagonist, Los Angeles Police Department narcotics officer. Even though this role was played after the role of Coach Boone, the audience still makes connections as Training Day is one of Denzel’s most famous roles (Training Day). Even more credibility is added if the audience can envision a different actor giving the speech in Remember the Titans. For example, Eddie Murphy would add a completely different sense because of his different personas he plays as an actor. The audience would have a certain mindset, and be anticipating humor, as opposed to Denzel’s dark and suspenseful persona. As an African American giving this speech, Denzel draws even more respect in this role. It may be quite obvious, but a white man giving the speech would not nearly be as effective as a black man. When thinking about this aspect, the audience can relate Coach Boone to Steve Biko, the character Denzel plays in the 1987 movie Cry Freedom. In this movie Denzel plays the role of a real-life black activist during the time of the South African apartheid (Cry Freedom). It is here that the viewer can now begin to make even deeper connections to the present

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