Cinderella Man tells the tale of James J. Braddock as he struggles to maintain his family well fed and alive during the Great Depression. During this sever economic depression, many people lost jobs. This left families starving and cold, having no money to pay for food or heat for their homes. This was portrayed in Cinderella Man. Everyone had to adjust to a new way of living to be able to support themselves and their families.
Although Braddock was not the average working man of the early twentieth century, he still struggled to keep his only source of income. After an injury to his hand, he decided to quit boxing. At this time in his life, he had already made fortunes and lived a life of luxury with his family. The movie then quickly shows how Braddock’s life changes as the Great Depression begins to set in. Braddock is not given frequent job opportunities at the local dock, his power has been turned off, his family is starved, and his kids begin to get ill. All of these factors play a large role in Braddock’s decision when he is given a once in a lifetime chance of returning to the boxing world, if only for one more fight. Braddock rises to the occasion, despite his own health.
The lesson that one can take from Braddock is to never give up and be relentless in ensuring a better future. Braddock never let his injuries stop him from bringing home a few measly dollars for his family. Even when his life is on the line, Braddock smiles and promises endless happy tomorrows to his children. This relates to the Great Depression because many families faced the exact same struggles that Braddock did. But those families refused to give up as well. Parents, both husband and wife, searched tirelessly for job opportunities to support their families. They would risk anything to keep their entire family together and alive. Whether it is dangerous, tedious, overworked or underpaid jobs, families would stop at nothing to provide for their families. James Braddock himself even says, “I have to believe that when things are bad I can change them.” This quote shows just how determined he was to never give up.
This same lesson can be seen in today’s society. Although we are not experiencing a Great Depression, fortunately, many Americans fear unemployment, bankruptcy, and degradation. Whether you are living in the 1920’s or the 2010’s, the power to overcome obstacles and strive is a very valuable asset. Family also plays a large lesson that can be taught by Cinderella Man. The Braddock family stays together through every complication. James acted as the strong father and husband figure. He was the glue that kept his family together through these hard times. People often say that family is the most important thing in their lives, and that family always comes first. However, that is often taken for granted. People do not appreciate what they have until it is gone or threatened.
If modern Americans can learn anything from Cinderella Man it is that one should...