The movie "Rudy" was a true story of a young man who overcame all odds and played football for Notre Dame. Rudy's obsession with Notre Dame came from his father. His father would always make his children watch Notre Dame football games and if anyone ever suggested another football game on television, the father would say that they only watch one team in his house. What Rudy's father did is an example of the sharing of socialization process. The father raised his children to only watch Notre Dame football. However, Rudy was the only son that dreamt of going to Notre Dame and playing football for them. His two brothers would constantly pick on him because he was the youngest and would constantly tell him that he is too small. As the brothers grew older, Rudy's brother Frank would always act negative toward Rudy and his dream. There was a sibling rivalry between Rudy and his brothers.
Rudy's goal was to attend the Notre Dame and play football there. He gave up his girlfriend and his home to follow his dream. Rudy did not have any support from his family or his girlfriend. The only person that supported him was his best friend Pete. Even Rudy's teacher told Rudy that some people are not meant for college. Before he left, Rudy's father explained to him that people like him are not meant for college and that his life was not so bad. Rudy's father was trying to get him to follow a social norm, which was to stay home and work at the same factory that he and Rudy's brothers worked at. But Rudy wanted to follow his dream and he chose not to follow the social norm.
The three sociological perspectives are reflected in the movie "Rudy". Structural functionalism can be found in Rudy's determination to attend school and Notre Dame. Even though nobody believed in him he was still optimistic of his chances to attend Notre Dame and play football for them. The conflict theory shows up during the conversation Rudy had with his father before he left...
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