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February 2019

Literary Reflection

Rocky Monologue


You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get up and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! Cause if you're willing to go through all the battling you got to go through to get where you want to get, who's got the right to stop you?-Rocky Balboa, Rocky


I will always remember the first time I watched Rocky because I hated it. I hated it because I was used to watching movies with happy endings and Rocky lost his big fight in the first movie. Little did I know that it was really one of the best movies ever made. Having watched it at least ten more times since then I have learned to respect the story. The fourth movie will always remain my favorite as it has all of the essential hallmarks of a Rocky movie but enhanced. It has the best punches, the best training montage, and most likely the best theme. A theme of big vs. small and of avenging the death of a close friend. All of the movies are exciting and emotional. When I was scrolling through some website looking for some poem or monologue to use and I saw Rocky, I knew it was the one. At first I was sure that Fitz wouldn’t  allow me to use it because it wasn’t really a recognized piece of literature, but once I read it and watched it, I saw what potential it had to be the perfect monologue for the contest. I think even Fitz was surprised that it really did contain some good content and it sent a great message. In this monologue Rocky is talking to his son. He is explaining to him how he feels his son has lost his way to becoming a great man and that he let other people dictate his confidence and decision making. It is a powerful speech that is the embodiment of tough love. It ends up being the last time Rocky sees his son for decades but he got his point across and although his son seemed mad, it was obvious that he heard what his father had to say and that it would influence him in the coming years as a man.