A Mantra Tim Riggins: The Main Characters In Friday Night Lights

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"Texas Forever" is a mantra Tim Riggins, the main character in the television series, Friday Night Lights, lives by. The premise of the show is how an entire town base their dreams on the game of football and we learn those dreams do not come without compromise. It is easy to identify with the characters in Friday Night Lights because their lives and their situations are believable. When we base our life upon a dream or the person we believe we deserve to be, it can be a tragedy or it can be motivational, especially if that spiritual place is not a place at all, but a feeling, a hope or a dream. In this paper, I will argue that Friday Night Lights shows the metaphysical theory of the basic question: “Ultimately, what is there?” A single …show more content…
How to handle it, is most important. Riggins is a high school football player who bases his life on a dream. He has no real thoughts for his future, just that he will continue on as a football player in his beloved home State of Texas. This dream is not realistic, but for a teen athlete, it is everything. He and other players on the team believe they will make it big, always be together and always have Texas. Because his parents deserted him and his brother, Riggins has no guidance and at eighteen years old, he deals with situations in his life by drinking to excess. Although depicted as a womanizer, an alcoholic, a racist, the writers give him a heart. Tim 's character is simple, and he often shows compassion and loyalty. His eyes have a familiar yearning which leaves the audience coming back each week. It is that “Texas Forever” idealism keeps him motivated, and that is something many can relate to in …show more content…
Pierce, "Friday Night Light 's" the top show in a year of zombies, TV families and cliffhangers," while it was the "simplest and most complex show it felt like real life, and real life is complicated. Sure, it was about football and family, but it treated both with nuance, intelligence, and heart." Riggins ' character is very much like the metaphysical theory of Aristotle. He acts a certain way because he knows it is the right thing to do without expecting a reward. In "The Myth of Sisyphus" Albert Camus claims an essential battle between what we want from the universe and what we find in the universe. We can only realize that "the struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man 's heart." Camus suggests that Sisyphus ' punishment of pushing a rock up a mountain, only to have it roll back down, is absurd. Yet, the moment it became clear to Sisyphus ' that this was his fate, his moments of sorrow vanish, he accepts his fate. Like Sisyphus, Tim Riggins accepts who he is and what he is capable

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