An Analysis of Rocky II

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Course Description: This course is an inquiry into the historical and changing role of sports in American Culture through novels, essays, biographies, films, documentaries and sports related poetry.

This course also addresses several specific discipline-related goals. It aims to help the student:

1)Summarize the historical, literary, and cinematic traditions of sports in American culture

2)Recount the difficulties athletes have faced due to race and/or gender in sports experiences

3)Identify and appreciate the role of sports in American culture

4)Achieve and describe insights into the context in which sports are performed and viewed

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An Analysis of Rocky II



An Analysis of Rocky II

Rocky II is a 1979 film that features Sylvester Stallone (Rocky Balboa) and an African
American who is the current heavy weight boxing world champion Carl Weathers (Apollo
Creed). The movie was produced by Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler. Rocky II’s story is a
continuation of Rocky I, which was produced in 1976. In Rocky I, Apollo Creed had defeated
Rocky Balboa for the world boxing championship match in a split decision. As a result, the
public did not believe that he did not necessarily win the match; hence, he was not better than
Rocky as he believed. For this reason, he offers Rocky a rematch in Rocky II despite the latter
having retired from boxing to do other jobs. The treatment of Rocky and his main opponent,
Creed, shows that black athletes experienced numerous challenges in the U.S. in the 1970s as
they received minimal media coverage, portrayed as arrogant, and not appreciated by the fans,
but also shows that the American sports culture offered equal opportunities to all athletes.
Rocky had decided to retire from boxing after a devastating match against Apollo Creed
that left him hospitalized. He marries Talia Shire (Adrian Balboa) and starts a family. He spends
all the money ...

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