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The purpose of this research paper is to study how Marines use and work their body in an army setting using the movie “A Few Good Men” (1992) as our controlled environment. To become a Marine takes hours of gruelling training that changes the body into a perfect specimen of athletic ability. I wish to look at how Marines use their body to show language, feats of strength and overcoming perhaps mental barriers that they didn't know they had. The authority the marines have, and use against each other with their bodies is expressed within this movie. Physical movement along with social pressures to accomplish bodily tasks will be analyzed within this paper.
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Mental and physical capability is essential in order to complete training and become part of a team that is honourable and prestigious. Not everyone can become a Marine, and physical capability is the main reason for passing training tasks. Marines have to carry large gear for hours, and have to be able to climb, jump, run, and fight in combat. The height of a persons physique is essential in order to become a successful marine.
The variables that I will be looking for is Power and Physical Capability. Both of these variables are interrelated and will show how Marines are able to use their body, for better or worse in certain settings throughout the movie. I will be looking for qualitative data that I will collect while watching A Few Good Men. This data will include different types of physical fitness that is expressed during this movie. What kinds of physical tasks does it take to become a marine? I will be looking at the nutrition of the marines, to see if their diet plays an important role in their physique or not. I will look at the overall body types that Marines are. Is there a certain regime that works better than others when becoming a marine? I also want to look at if there are any exercise differences for different genders, and if there are, how do they differ. I will look for marines that are performing any types of sports or physical exercise, as well as looking at any specific feats of strength that would not be possible if not for a Marine setting. The army is a place that is there to test you. They perform physicals and psychoanalysis in order to determine if you are fit for war, but is their definition of fit the same as ours? I hope to find out.
In order to look for the specific variables in the movie, I had to dismiss parts of the movie that weren't pertaining to my thesis question. I had to look for physical fitness that was happening during dialogue scenes to see if they were performing physical tasks, how they were performing them, and if they were different than other basic physical fitness that a normal person would do. The setting of the movie was particularity important because there were no other people on the base apart from Marines, so there wasn't any chance of skewing the data collected, since it created an enclosed setting. I was gathering data that was from people of all rank within the Marine hierarchy, because the physical demand for fitness within an army does not stop just because you get promoted. Continuous physical fitness is a major factor in creating a strong army, so no one was omitted from the study.
Data Analysis
The movie begins with rifle spinning. At the 3:40 mark, you see a group of Marines in formal uniforms walking with precision, performing a series of flips and turns with their rifles. Their faces are stone faced as they look forward, and their body language is alert and aware. Something as simple as walking has been conditioned into them to walk a...

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