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Pain And Gain Essay

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The artifact I chose for my analyst is the movie Pain & Gain directed by Michael Bay. This film is based on true events that took place in Miami during the mid-1990s. The main character, Danny Lugo, is a personal trainer whose life revolved around physical fitness. During his employment at Sunshine gym he becomes acquainted with Adrian Doorbal, a fellow personal trainer. The two realize that their hard work in the gym has led to big muscles and empty pockets. Lugo soon lusts after the earnings and lifestyle achieved by a new gym member he begins to train: Victor Kershaw, who Lugo believes is a crook. Inspired by motivational speaker Johnny Wu, Lugo decides to be a "doer" and hatches a plan to extort Kershaw’s assets by kidnapping and torturing him. Lugo and Doorbal soon realize they need a third member to pull off a job of this magnitude and recruit Paul Doyle, a recently released cocaine-addicted convict who has turned to religion. The three man crew, dubbed the Sunshine Gang, successfully kidnapped Victor Kershaw and extorted his assets. The crew then tried to murder Kershaw but was unsuccessful. When Kershaw informed law enforcement of what happened they believed the story was too far-fetched to be true. The Sunshine gang seemingly got away with all the crimes committed against Kershaw. It wasn’t long until their money ran out and they had to look for another hit to keep their new lifestyle going. The crew then decides to take down a wealthy business man named Frank Grigas. During this second hit, the three men murder Frank and his wife and dumped the chopped up bodies into the everglades. Law enforcement was soon on to the Sunshine gang and made arrest. Lugo and Doorbal were found guilty and sentenced to death for the murders of the Grigas; Paul Doyle received fifteen years for information given on the case. The crimes against Kershaw were never tried and his assets were never recovered.
To analyze Pain & Gain I will use Kenneth Burke’ Dramatistic perspective. Burke Dramatistic perspective focuses on how human make sense of the world through dramas. The goal of Dramatism is to look at human motives and how we justify our actions, especially when these actions break the normal rules of society. Burke contends that there is an innate human need to identify with one another so when actions violate perceived norms justified motives for those actions must be offered. The elements of Dramatistic perspective are act, agent(s), agency, scene, and purpose; critics use this pentad when examining text. Another tool used in the Dramatistic perspective is the absolution of guilty. Burke’s theory states that people feel threaten by differences and when confronted people seek to overcome them. In order for this guilty party to rejoin society they must absolve their guilt by any of the three ways: transcendence, mortification, or victimage. The end result of a Dramatistic analyst is to understand why we hold certain opinions about when, where, and why it...

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