Symptoms Observed On The Movie ' Whiplash ' Essay

1798 Words Nov 19th, 2016 8 Pages

Within the movie “Whiplash” the protagonist, Andrew Neiman, is an aspiring drummer in an intensive music academy. He works hard for his dream of becoming “one of the greats” or in other words one of the most renowned drummers ever. Unfortunately, his conductor, Terence Fletcher doesn’t agree. He pushes Neiman to his absolute limits and then further. Within the movie one sees the lengths at which one will go to make someone the absolute best of the best as Fletcher screams, throws things at, discourages, puts down, and belittles Neiman again and again. Throughout the movie Fletcher continuous shows the audience that he is not “normal” as society would define the word. He is intense, speaks almost entirely in screams, physical, aggressive, short-tempered, a perfectionist, and all of these qualities of his character are displayed repeatedly on film.

The most commonly occurring symptom Fletcher displays is his verbal abuse. Often saying things such as, “You are a worthless, friendless, faggot-lipped little piece of shit whose mommy left daddy when she figured out he wasn 't Eugene O 'Neill, and who is now weeping and slobbering all over my drum set like a fucking nine-year old girl! So for the final, FATHER-FUCKING time, SAY IT LOUDER!” which he says when he telling Neiman to confess that he is upset when he cries. Although is very articulate with insults he does them in his mind for a purpose, he wants his students to constantly strive for…

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