SPORT & ENTERTAINMENT IN AMERICAN LIFE
In the film Invictus there are many great correlations to the fight for everyday life. There is a civil uprising in South Africa. One of the main focuses in this work is to show how one team can unite a country. There are so many uphill battles that they will have to face in order to settle a nation. Nelson Mandela uses his knowledge of the human nature to unite a country. The newly elected South African President Nelson Mandela faces challenges of balancing racial tensions from the apartheid era that had not completely disappeared. Crime and unemployment are also part of the country’s largest problems that Mandela must face while facing the stand on race, social class, poverty, and even believe in forgiveness from a country which has suffered great depression.
The title in the film Invictus means to be “undefeated” in Latin. Nelson Mandela, imprisoned for 27 years, was released in 1990 and elected President of South Africa that followed the fall of the apartheid, which was racial segregation that the ruling party enforced through legislation. Instead of using revenge against the white population who put him in jail, he seeks forgiveness. He leads by example and finds a general love for Rugby and he wants his Nation to find a common ground to unite on. Mandela convinces a South African Sports Committee, which is dominated by blacks, to support the Springboks rugby team, which symbolize white supremacy, which is set to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup in one year. Mandela meets with the captain of the Springboks rugby team, François Pienaar, and implies that a Springboks victory in the World Cup will bring the nation together. During his time in prison, Mandela uses inspirations and a poem “Invictus" that held so dearly to his heart and shares it with Pienaar. Nelson passes these teachings on to his new friends, the team captain of the Rugby team which is what Captain Pienaar. The team captain believes in...
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