Vonnegut’s approach: The Fighter

A film that follows Vonnegut’s approach: The Fighter, directed by Rusell, and staring Wahlberg, Bale, Adams and others. It begins with a disheartened boxer, who is being trained by his older brother and managed by his self-serving mother, getting beaten up and knocked down by a heavier, mismatched, opponent. (This is the downward slump ‘phase’.) Our hero then withdraws from the sport and during this period you see him meet a girl, but also deal with family relationship issues, including estrangement from his older brother. (This is still a low point, but has some small ups and downs.) Our hero’s father then steps in to help nurture his boxing talent, and the boxer’s confidence, courage and abilities begin to climb. During this upward trajectory, you also see him reconcile with his family, and they accept his love match. The film culminates in the boxer once again teamed with his family members, and winning a title fight. (The onward and upward trajectory ‘phase’.)


One thought on “Vonnegut’s approach: The Fighter

  1. I’m intrigued that 2 different students in this class have chosen the same movie. I am going to assure that has nothing to do with your employer 😉

    I can see you are thinking about the shape here; I di like to see an effort to swetch it out, even if it is with crayon on a napkin.

    The question here is what are the forces or influences that cause the changes in direction? What does seeing a character go really low do for us as the viewer of the story? What does seeing him succeed. A boxer wins a title, what does his path tell us about life or ourselves?

    I know the blog writing is new; I will want to see more of a connection to sources via using hyperlinks in your writing- e.g. a link to a web site about the movie, and a link to the vonnegut video (next week you will learn how easily you can put that video right into your blog). I will ask- if this was the only blog post you came across on the internet; would you understand what it is about? What is it in response to? Think of your own blog posts as having a story shape too- a beginning, middle, and end.

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