Rethorical Analysis on Rocky Balboa's Speech

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Rhetoric of a Boxer Rocky Balboa is the sixth film of a franchise full of ups and downs. Released 16 years after the fifth movie and 30 years after the first one, Rocky VI was set up for failure. Except the opposite, happened. The movie exceeded box office expectations and critics were calling it “the best since the original”. Sylvester Stallone, the director and the main character of the movies declared that the storyline of Rocky Balboa resembles his own struggles and triumphs in recent times. At 60 years old, Rocky is now a retired boxer that is lonely and emotionally depressed. He lost his wife to cancer and grew apart from his son, who wants nothing to do with him. One day, his belated wife’s brother shows the boxer an ESPN exclusive called “Then and Now”, a show that simulated a fight between the current undefeated heavyweight champion Dixon, and the former champion Rocky. Ending with Rocky’s victory. A character portrayed as an underdog and the king of second chances, Rocky feels that going back to boxing is going to help him deal with the death of his wife and his son being distant. So this time around, the boxer wants one last shot at doing what he loves. He is not going back into the ring to win another title, but to prove to everyone around him that he can still use what he’s got. Considering that he is a retired boxer, Rocky needs to re-apply for a boxing license. His application initially gets denied, until he pleads his case against the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission. To get approved for the license, Rocky was required to perform a battery physical tests, and the commission's chair says that he passed them with flying colors. “However, this commission, in good conscience, cannot recommend you for a license, and we therefore deny your application.” (Rocky VI). However, his application gets denied. Rocky is livid that he spent all this time

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