Rocky’s Road…To Redemption

A father figure is what every person needs in their life, even if a man is not really a father to someone, they can substitute or be like one. In the movie Rocky, Mickey(his trainer), in my opinion serves as the father figure to Rocky Balboa. Rocky had always wanted to be a talented boxer, he had went to Mickey’s for boxing training for six years and had always had a locker there. Which was significant because it meant he was good at his craft and that he was an asset to Mickey. When he was “evicted” from the locker, I think Rocky was at “rock” bottom, he knew then and there he wasn’t even accomplishing his one and only goal, to become a professional boxer. Luck strikes and Rocky is called up to fight the heavy weight world champion Apollo Creed. He doesn’t think he has a chance but he trains and puts in the time. Mickey hears of this and goes over to Rocky’s apartament. He tells him he wants to help him and that he basically won’t make it without a manager. Rocky blows up and basically tells him “Now you want me when I’m on the top, when I’ve gotten a chance, but you didn’t want me when I was on the bottom and you wouldn’t give me one.” Mickey realizes he did screw up and he should have treated Rocky better. As, he’s walking out, Rocky is screaming about his hardships and how he’s tried. After that moment, Rocky realizes he needs Mickey’s help. Mickey can be that father figure or that mentor that he needs to succeed. Someone who can encourage him and show him the ropes. A father can help a child mature into the person the child wants to be, much like Mickey helping Rocky mature into the boxer he was meant to be. Redeeming himself and proving to Mickey he’s got what it takes.

Originally, I was going to write about the scene where Rocky reaches the top of the stairs after he’s been training so diligently. It seemed a little too cliche for me and I wanted to find a scene where I can dig deeper on the matter. But to conclude on one of the biggest sensations for Rocky, he realized he could do it here, he could make it. He had fufilled his yearning to put his talent into use.(rocky’s road…pun intended)

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