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The Depressed Fairy Tale

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The movie Cinderella Man by director Ron Howard is the story of James Braddock, A lightweight boxer with a great lifestyle and family who gets hit with the depression. When the stock market crash his lifestyle, and the lifestyle of millions of other people, is drastically changed for the worse. Now when he can he works at the docs moving goods and other merchandise to make just enough money for his family to be able to afford to eat ,get heat and get electricity. However by being given a second chance to be able to box again he manages and persevere and go against all odds to become an important figure to the average man in the great depression. Through this movie we see how the economic and social conditions of the depression worsened, how James and Mae were effected by the depression and what kind of characteristics James and Mae had to have to be able to endure and get through their economic hardship.

During the depression social and economic times reached an all time low and kept worsening. People were losing their houses and all their belongings which completely turned their life around. This resulted in people doing anything to satisfy their family or themselves. There was a lack of jobs, people were drinking, stealing and the harsh times were crating tension between family members. These were all shown in the movie as we see Howard stealing food to not be sent away somewhere else, or when Mike Wilson is seen drunk and fighting with his wife. We see the joblessness through many people such as James, Mike and even in Joe. The family tensions are seen with James and Mae with their fighting over James's boxing or Mike and his wife when he is drunk. These were all factors that contributed to peoples miserable lives and gener...

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...e of this fight. James puts his own life in danger by going against Max because he realizes what he stands for, he stands for the common man and fights for all the people suffering in the depression.

The Depression hit the American industry but in reality it hurt the common man. Families like the Braddock's and the Wilson's were left with nothing and forced to start their lives over. The depression worsened, and ruined peoples lives. James and Mae were were one of there couples that had to endure hard times and it was their special traits and characteristics that got them trough. So the term Cinderella Man is very appropriate because he had nothing and managed to go to the top and beat all odds. In the end I think that this movie and this time can be put into one quote that was said by James Braddock “I have to believe that when things are bad, I can change them.”
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