The Sport of Wrestling Term Paper by Nicky

A discussion on wrestling, based on Roland Barthes' essay, "Wrestling" and Darren Aronofsky's movie, "The Wrestler".
# 150549 | 885 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Mar 05, 2012 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Sport (General)

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The paper points out the popularity and attention that professional wrestling receives worldwide and also discusses wrestling from a historical epic standpoint. The paper examines Roland Barthes' essay, "Wrestling" as well as Darren Aronofsky's movie, "The Wrestler" and highlights how the notions of good and evil are certainly exaggerated in the wrestling arena.

From the Paper:

"Regarding Roland Barthes "Wrestling" essay the author certainly analyzes the event from many angles. Comparing it to boxing and concluding that three is no comparison. He states that, "One can bet on the outcome of a boxing-match: with wrestling, it would make no sense." (Barthes 15) "In other words, wrestling is a sum of spectacles, of which no single one is a function: each moment imposes the total knowledge of a passion which raised erect and alone, without ever extending to the crowning moment of a result." (Barthes 16)
"However, Barthes also believes that the spectacle is somewhat akin to mythology and literary classics as it relates to the archetypal framework of good and evil, crime versus justice and so on. There is a somehow a grander scale of mythological proportions present here than may at first meet the eye of the spectator. Barthes believes that what really gets onlookers going is the cheating and less than heroic behavior such as grabbing the ropes to accomplish something that their talent cannot, even though grabbing the ropes is allowed by the rules. Al the referee comes into question and is an archetype himself."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barthes Roland. Mythologies. Translated by Annette Lavers. New York: Hill & Wang, 1989.
  • Dart, John. "Taking God to the Mat: The Biblical World of Pro Wrestling." The Christian Century 19 Sept. 2006: 10-15
  • Tamborini, Ron, et al. "The Raw Nature of Televised Professional Wrestling: Is the Violence a Cause for Concern?." Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media 49.2 (2005): 202-210
  • Twitchell, James B. Preposterous Violence: Fables of Aggression in Modern Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989

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