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"The Man"

School of Rock Monologue

Meghan Silva

on 1 April 2013

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Transcript of "The Man"

From "School of Rock" "The Man" Monologue School of Rock Dewey Finn is a washed up musician who has
no way to pay his long overdue rent after being
fired from his own band. When his best friend Ned Schneebly is called to be a long term substitute for a class of fourth graders, Dewey pretends to be Ned and accepts the job. He finds out that the class is full of talented young musicians and he secretly forms a rock band with them to win the "Battle of The Bands" competition, earn the prize money, and be
back in the spotlight. In his monologue on "The Man", Dewey Finn
asserts that prestigious people in society destroy
the simple values in life. He develops this assertion by using extended metaphor, real world examples, and hyperbole. His purpose is to exhibit the effects of society on average people in order to prevent the students from ending up like himself. He adopts
a frustrated tone for the students. The monologue takes place during the first week of Dewey's substitute teaching. He doesn't know how to teach so he has told the students to have recess all day for the past few days. The glory days. By Dewey's use of "the man" as an extended metaphor, he emphasizes the role society
plays in the lives of the average person. Most powerful device used
Extends throughout monologue
Better understanding In order to back up his argument, Dewey uses
real world examples including the environment, which affects all of the students and viewers. Relates to broader audience
Creates a shock factor
Sparks interest Overemphasizing certain aspects of his
argument using hyperbole adds to the overall
effect of the point being made. Dramatizes the effects
Better persuades audience In conclusion, Dewey takes advantage of various rhetorical devices to demonstrate the effects of high society on people like himself. He encourages the students to give up on their dreams because he doesn't want them to be put down by society like he was. His argument is clear and dramatic and leaves a lasting impression on the students. By: Meghan Silva
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