Friday Night Lights Rhetorical Analysis Essays

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A town, a team, a dream. Friday Night lights document the 1988 football season of Permian High School in Odessa, Texas. Bissinger explores the various themes of the novel and uses conceit to colorfully describe the contrasting attitudes towards sports and academics. In the small town of Odessa bases Fridays nights in the fall are dedicated to Permian football. As a result of the obsessive attitude towards football a ridiculous amount of pressure is thrusted upon the coaches and players. Bissinger tackled the many problems in the town such as extreme pressure to perform, racism, and the relationship between parent and child. While Bissinger had several preconceived notions, he was ultimately proven wrong and through analysis of themes and …show more content…
built up his hopes and dreams, forcing him to believe that he was Heisman Trophy material. “L.V. had inescapable visions of his nephew --- Boobie Miles as the best running back in the whole damn state of Texas, Boobie as belle of the ball at Nebraska or Texas A & M or one of those other fantastic college casinos, Boobie as the winner of the Heisman” (Bissinger 1). As a result, Boobie was never well rounded, at best his education can be characterized as weak and he had no other plans other than football. In Friday Night Lights Bissinger also reviews the extreme racism. This display of segregation shocked him. “Nigger. The word poured out in Odessa as easily as the torrents of rain that ran sown the streets after an occasional storm, as common part of the vernacular as ‘ol’ boy’ or ‘bless his ‘ittl’ biddy heart’ or ‘awl bidness’…. ‘Dumb o’ nigger, Cocky nigger. New Jersey niggers Smart-aleck nigger. Talk nigger. Blame it on the niggers. Nigger lady. Let the nigger girl do it. Nigger ball. Run, you nigger” (Bissinger 89). Originally Bissinger believed that the town’s story would be inspiring. He then discovered vicious racism that rips this town apart. Bissinger also tackles the theme self-reflection and selflessness. The author eventually realizes the great shortage that Odessa suffers from. The adults who are burdened with the financial/economic and educational decisions are incompetent and incapable of making and decisions that would actually

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