he sits out the remainder of the game. The penultimate characteristic is
that good teachers are connected personally to their students, and they
care a great deal about their students’ lives (Dalton 28-32). In one scene,
Herb Brooks talks with goalie Jim Craig (Eddie Cahill) about the death
of his mother and what it means for Craig to have made the team. There
are not a lot of scenes where Brooks is overtly invested in the lives of
his players, but this touching scene sticks out. The final characteristic
common to these representations of good teachers is that the teachers
learn from their students (Dalton 32-34). In Miracle, there is not an
obvious example of this particular characteristic, but if viewers pay close
attention, there is some character development present in Herb Brooks’
character arc throughout the film. He starts out as an emotionally
distant coach who outright says, “I’m not here to be your friend.” By
the end of the film, he shows a little more emotion, indicating that he
has learned something about coaching through his experience with the
team. I will look at three other movies in this paper that follow the same
paradigm -- Remember the Titans, Freedom Writers (2007), and Lean on Me
(1989). Not only do these films follow The Hollywood Model, despite
vast differences in terms of time period, class, race, and area of
instruction, but the speeches delivered by coaches to motivate or to
unite their teams share a number of characteristics. The similarities in
the speeches has to do with the fact that these films follow the model
described above and the fact that they share similar important plot
points.
Common Plot Characteristics
The aforementioned films all have similar features in terms of
plot. These similarities are important to point out because each
contributes to the unifying and/or motivational speech present in each
film. In turn, these similarities create rhetorical links among the movies
that provide insights to the important characteristics involved in making
a speech successful in motivating the students/players and make the
speech compelling for the audience. For example, in each of the movies,
the head coach, teacher, or administrator has something to prove. In
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