After re-watching Rocky, and listening to our class discussions, an element of the film that really sticks out to me is the contrast between Apollo Creed and Rocky. The portrayal of these to characters is very interesting to me.
If I had to describe Apollo in one word, I think I would use show. It all begins with his name: Apollo. He was named after a Greek god. This name sets up high expectations for the character who bears it and Apollo does not disappoint. He is smart, maybe even too smart to the point of being slick. I feel as if he represents those who take advantage of people like Rocky. We never see him training, only working on the business aspect, trying to squeeze out every last dollar.
Rocky is the complete opposite. I would use the word grit to describe him. The name Rocky immediately invokes a tough-guy image. Frankly, he isn’t the brightest, but what he lacks in brain power, he makes up for in hard work. He is the personification of Philadelphia’s ethnic neighborhoods, hard-working even if all the opportunities are not there. He gives hope to people who have none and inspires them, gives the dreams. It is almost as if he shows: If I can do it anyone can.