Jordans Hero Post 2

Coach Ellis “Pride”

In the movie Pride Terrance Howard plays the role of a swim coach named Jim Ellis. As an African American swimmer he had often let the anger get the best of him, and due to this he does not get as far in swimming as he’d like to. Jim Ellis takes a coaching job at a rundown Recreation center in Philadelphia. Ellis then recruits a group of African American teenagers to come and swim at the center. The teens are troubled and have just been kicked of their basketball team. In the end he helps restore the center and start the first all-African American swim team and more importantly saves the children from poverty, drugs and the prejudice. Although Coach Ellis is a hero to the community his two most pressing flaws are his helpfulness and his anger. I say his helpfulness because his determination to help the city and the kids made him a target by both the drug dealers and criminals and the white people who did not want to see his team succeed. His helpfulness caused negative attention to the team and put the kids in some dangerous situations. Coach Ellis hamartia was his inability to control his anger, Coach Ellis was so passionate about his team that when the negativity was brought his way he would not react in the correct way. For example, he ends up in a fight with a gangster who destroyed their swimming pool, while the fight was happening a town news crew was present. The video of Coach Ellis beating the gangsters up painted a shameful and negative picture on the coach causing many people in the city to lose respect for him, talk about him positively and support the team. After the video aired Coach Ellis was no longer able to coach the team and some of the kids left the team. Coach Ellis’ anger results in his hero story to end in a bitter fate note which is why I believe he is certainly a tragic hero.

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  1. Posted January 7, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    I thought this was a great example of a hero. It was interesting to see how he maybe started out as being a problem and far from a hero, but then took on the challenge of saving these young men who needed a hero.

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