Rudy Reaction Paper

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Rudy is a motivational movie in which the topics of the ability to comprehend the power of dreams and the triumph of the common person who strives to overcome and addresses one’s need to persevere despite obstacles and rejection. We watched this film in class from January 31, 2012 until February 2, 2012. Daniel Eugene “Rudy” Ruettiger grew up in Jolet, Ohio and was one of fourteen children. He always had a passion for football and played for his high school team at Holy Cross Junior College. His major dream was to go to Notre Dame, which eventually became true after being rejected from there 3 times. While doing his studies, he was informed that he had dyslexia, but he pushed through this difficulty and maintained a B-average in college with determination and sacrifice. Rudy was not on the actual football team at Notre Dame, he was on the practice team. He dreamt of a day that he could run out the tunnel and sit-in on one game, but he was only 5’6’’ and 165 pounds. Most of the football players on the team were twice his size, but he studied the game, and when he finally got a chance to play at a real game his tackle was a major success. This was a result of studying, paying attention, and taking each game seriously. Because of Rudy’s determination, five of his brothers went on to college and received degrees, which is very significant, coming from a family where no one furthered their education. Most importantly, no other player has ever been carried off the field since 1975. Rudy’s personal pursuit of happiness resulted in making him a legacy, maybe even a legend. I believe this movie was produced to inspire someone to follow their own dreams and aspirations, using Rudy as an example. A major aspect emphasized by the film is no matter what the odds are, you can overcome them. You can make it no matter what; a person can find a way. Also, success will not come easily; Struggle must happen to earn your dream. Just like Rudy, we can also achieve our dreams and...
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