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42 Movie Cycle
Transcript of 42 Movie Cycle
The film 42 is a sports drama that follows the life of a young Jackie Robinson. Because of his race, Robinson has to go through racial segregation which causes many problems on his way to the MLB.
Jackie Robinson is African American, and because of this, it makes it almost impossible for him to join the MLB. Because the major league is mostly white, he is going to have to prove himself as a capable baseball player. Being good in his case is not going to be enough. He will have to be great.
Jackie's flaw is his wild emotions. When someone calls him out because he is black, Robinson never thinks about what is on the line. Due to his diligence, he will not accept anything less than playing in the MLB, and because of this, he will try to eliminate anything that stands in his way.
Example: after Robinson's first international game, men come for him during the night. Because of Jackie's impulsiveness, his manager, Wendell Smith, does not tell him about these men. Smith knew if he told Jackie then he would feel the need to retaliate, and thus leading him down a road to failure.
The Call To Action
Branch Rickey, the vice-president of the Brooklyn Dodgers asks Jackie to join the Montreal Royals (Brooklyn's farm team) and show his skill. If he does well, Rickey will move him up to the Dodgers and make him the first African American to play in Major League baseball. However, he tells Jackie he must do so without retaliating to the waves of racism he will face.
Accept, Refuse, Deny
Jacky sees how difficult it will be to make it to the MLB, but accepts the challenge. Jackie wants to prove to himself, as well as the doubters, that he can make it even though he is black. He knows how sweet the prize will be if he makes it.
The Known World:
Jackie's known world is playing minor league ball with other African Americans. He does not know how it is to play with other races, and does not know the amount of racism he will receive outside of his league.
This scene is when Robinson is playing in one of his first major league games. A man by the name of Ben Chapman confronts Jackie on the field.
Jackie now sees what he needs to do to get into the MLB. He needs to stay focused and ignore the racism and others who doubt he can make it. He also needs to learn how to handle his emotions.
The Known World:
Robinson is getting use to playing in the MLB, and he knows fans and even players talk behind his back about his skin color. He knows it is hard to prosper in the league, but he is going to give his all to overcome.
The Call to Action:
Ben Chapman steps on the field and attempts to get into Jackie's head by calling him cruel names that refer to his skin color. Chapman wants Jackie to "do something" about his name calling, referring him to get into a fight with Chapman. Robinson needs to decide whether he will control his emotions and ignore Chapman, or fight back and jeopardize his dream of playing in the MLB.
Accept, Refuse, Denial:
Jackie refuses Chapman's call to action because he knows that Chapman will not do anything to him. Robinson keeps his emotions in check and continues his at-bat.
The Other World:
This is when Jackie plays in minor, international, and major league games. He has played in black-only leagues all his life, and now he has to play with whites. he Also has to deal with the racism that comes with it. Though he is accustom to the racism because he is African American, he will soon figure out how much sports can amplify such hate.
Jackie sees that he will have to overcome the large amount of hate/racism coming his way. He also notices that he is going to have to protect his family and friends from the people who want him out of the league. He knows this will not be an easy journey, but he feels the need to do this for himself as well as his race.
Change of Fortune:
Robinson's fortune goes from alright to great. He now gets the shot to play in the big leagues. This is something that he has been wanting to do all his life. Though he knows the trials and tribulations ahead, he goes forward with the challenge.
Allies and Enemies:
Ally: one of Jackie's allies is his wife, Rachel Robinson. Rachel helps Jackie emotionally by steering him in the right direction when his emotions take over. She also helps by supporting him while he is going through tough times. Another ally of Jackie is his assistant, Wendell Smith. Smith helped Robinson physically when men came to the house Jackie was staying at. Smith also helped Jackie by assisting him out with everyday tasks.
Enemy: One of Jackie's enemies is Dixie Walker. Dixie was a player on the Dodgers who protested against Robinson playing in the major league. Though he almost got Robinson kicked-off the team, in the end Walker was the one kicked-off the team. Another enemy of Robinson is the majority of players and other whites during that era. Because of the MLB's unwritten law that no colored players could join the league, many felt Jackie should be banned from playing.
Jackie fortunately had two mentors, vice-president Branch Rickey, and manager Leo Durocher. Both men taught Robinson how to deal with his emotions. They also showed Robinson the ins and outs of the league. This helped Robinson emotionally, as well as physiologically. This is because Jackie always knew that he has someone he could rely on when he felt down. Both Rickey and Durocher helped Jackie flourish into the player that we know today.
Weapon of Special Valor:
1) Because Jackie is African American, many people doubt him. Because of this, Jackie proves many people wrong, thus causing him to perform better.
2) Jackie is very fast, so while on base, he can toy with the pitcher and get into his head. This gives Robinson the upper hand, allowing him to steal frequently. An example of this is when Robinson played against The Dodgers during an international league game. The pitcher was confident he could strike Robinson out, but ended up walking him. While on base, Jackie stole 2nd and 3rd leaving the crowed in amazement of his speed. While on third, the pitch stepped off the mound. Normally a runner would sprint back to the base, but Jackie did not. This caused the pitcher to yell at Jackie, demanding him to get back to 3rd. When the pitcher finally stepped back onto the mound, he dropped the ball resulting in a balk, thus leading to Jackie scoring.
The major complication is that other players do not want to be on Robinson’s team. This is due to Jackie’s skin color, and because of this, players do not know what kind of criticism they will receive if they decided to play with Jackie.
Jackie has to deal with the racism from fans, players, and coaches throughout his journey to the MLB. Though most of the time Jackie ignores the shouts of hate, he can only take so much. He finds a way through friends and family to overcome his troubles and play in the league.
This is when Chapman starts calling Robinson names, giving him two options. One is to stay in the batter’s box. The other one is to rush towards Chapman and show him how a bat feels to the head. Thankfully, Jackie decides to stay in the batter’s box.
Ally and Enemy:
An ally to Robinson in this situation is his teammates. They help him emotionally by keeping him in check. They tell him not to get involved in a fight with Chapman; even though Robinson wants to teach the opposing coach a lesson, he decides not to.
The Enemy in this case is Chapman. Chapman is yelling racial slurs at Jackie trying to get some sort of reaction out of him, but does not. He eventually settles down, and the game continues.
Though Robinson wants to hurt Chapman, he knows if he does, then the likelihood of him going to the MLB would plunge.
Robinson survives Chapman’s “racial attack”. He maintains his composure and continues playing the game like nothing happened.
This is when Chapman is hollering at Jackie. Even though Robinson does not say much, his actions, or lack of action, it shows us a lot about what kind of man Jackie Robinson is. He is a persistent man who will not let anybody get in the way of his dreams.
Jackie's path is now clear, and he knows that no one will stop him from achieving his goals. He also gains confidence from this verbal altercation. By not participaing in a full "word war" he showed himself, as well as his teamates that he belongs in the MLB.
Back to the Macro-Cycle
This scene is when Robinson is approached by another teammate to take a shower with his team.
Jackie stays behind when his teammates take showers together. He does this because he does not want to make his players feel "uncomfortable". Jackie is not use to getting along with whites in the league. Even though he might want to get along with them, he does not think it is time.
The Call to Action:
One of Jackie's teammates, Ralph Branca, approaches Jackie and asks him to shower with the team. Branca doesn't want Jackie feeling isolated from the team off the field. He thinks it will help the Dodgers as a unit.
Accept, Refuse, Denial:
Jackie denies at first, but then accepts. He does not think that his teammates will accept him yet, but goes ahead and showers anyway. Though one of his teammates does leave the shower, most of the players stay in the shower.
The Other World:
Once Robinson heads into the shower, this is a different world for him. Because of the major racial segregation, whites and blacks defiantly do not get along well enough to shower together.
This is whether Jackie will take a shower with his teammates or not.
Ally and Enemy:
Ally: Jackie's ally is his teammate who asked him to take a shower with the team. This is because he wants Jackie to be a part of the team.
Enemy: Jackie's enemy is the other athletes who do not want Jackie to shower with them. This shows us that those few players that do not want Jackie to shower with the team are against black joining the league.
Because Robinson is black, he does not think it is appropriate to shower with his teammates yet.
This is when Jackie actually heads into the shower. Jackie is not sure what is going to happen, but in end, it was a good idea to show that he is going to be a part of the team. He now does not think that him being black should separate him from his team.
Jackie now feels more a part of the team. He now knows that most of his team accepts him for being African American. This shows that Jackie really wants to be a part of he Dodger organization.
Jackie goes back to playing for The Dodgers, but now with a greater sense of friendship with his teammates.
Back to the Macro-Cycle
This is when Jackie is up to bat with a chance to clinch the pennant. During his last at-bat against the opposing pitcher, Jackie got beamed in the head. Robinson knows that if he can hit a homer then The Dodgers would win the pennant. Robinson ends up hitting a homer into the left-field stands. Not only does he win the pennant, this homer was most likely the reason why he won the 1947 rookie of the year.
Jackie gets recognized as the first player to break the color barrier in the MLB. He also inspired millions of African Americans to rise against racism and demand respect. Robinson also won the 1947 Rookie of the Year, and most importantly, Jackie got to go home after a long season to see his new son and his loving wife. Jackie now knows what it feels like the accomplish his dreams. But not only did Jackie make the world a better place for himself, he made it a better place for future generations, including his son.
Jackie Robinson is at spring training with the Brooklyn Dodgers in attempt to be a starter. He plays shortstop, but the Dodger's already have an all-star shortstop and a solid second baseman.
Jackie now gets to go home to his wife and newborn son. Because Robinson lives in a predominantly black neighborhood, he is going to receive a lot of fame.
Due to Jackie Robinson's persistence and sacrifice, he gave an opportunity to many African Americans to play major league sports. During his 12 year major league baseball career, Robinson was a 6-time all star, 1949 NL MVP, and winner of the 1955 World Series. He also was a first ballot hall-of-famer, and had his number retired in 1997. Jackie was an inspiration to millions and still influences to this day.
Jackie's Known World is playing second base and shortstop. In the past, he has only been a middle infielder. Changing his position will be tough for him, expecially if he is also moving up a level in professional baseball from the minors to the majors.
Call to Action
The coach of the Brooklyn Dodgers tosses Jackie a first baseman's glove. He knows Jackie has what it takes to be a starter in the MLB, but shortstop and second base are already taken. The coach is giving Jackie a chance to start at first base.
Accept, Refuse, Deny
Jackie accepts the coach's offer to try out for first, although he has never played first before. He isn't too confident about the change, but if it will give him a shot at playing on this team, he will give it his all.
The Other World:
The other world is playing first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers. First base is extremely different from second base and shortstop. He will have to change his ways on how he approaches the ball.
The test for Jackie is trying out first base. He takes many ground balls and gets many throws from other infielders throwing to first base. All this practice is helping him get the feel for first base to become a starter.
The coach for the Dodger's is Jackie's mentor in this micro-cycle. He stays late after practice to help Jackie become a better first baseman. He hits ground balls to Jackie to get a better feel for his new position. He also teaches Jackie the right way to tag first base on an out. He is improving Jackie's game, and giving him a greater chance to become the starting first baseman by the start of season.
Jackie makes the ball club as the starting first baseman on opening day of the season. All the work and change Jackie had to go through to become a starter in the MLB has paid off.
Back to Macro Cycle
Robinson is a very protective man, and because of this, he never jeopardizes his wife's health. One example of this is when a white electrician approached Jackie and his wife. Jackie put Rachel behind him in fear that this man was going to hurt her. After a few words, the man said he wanted to see Jackie succeed in the league. Even though Robinson did the right thing, if a situation similar to this one would occure again, Jackie's health could be in danger