Men of Honor Movie Analysis

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"A Navy diver is not a fighting man, he's a Salvage expert. If it's lost underwater, he finds it. If it's sunk, he brings it up. If it's in the way, he moves it! If he's lucky he will die young, two-hundred feet beneath the waves, for that is the closest he will ever get to being a hero! Hell, I don't know why anybody would want to be a Navy diver. Now report to this line cookie!" (Billy Sunday, played by Robert De Niro.) Men of Honor, is based on the life story of a black man named Carl Brashear, played by Cuba Gooding Jr., who though sheer determination reached a goal he'd always dreamed of and proved society wrong. This film thoroughly displays the determination Brashear has throughout tough times and the honor he gains from others who presented those tough times, also displaying the adversity Brashear overcomes because of the color of his skin.

Men of Honor is about the life of Carl Brashear, and how he had always dreamed of becoming someone important. As he loaded that bus for the Navy, he was determined to make a difference. When he saw the white men having fun swimming just off the side of the boat, he thought he'd enjoy himself too. A black man swimming with a white man was strictly prohibited and unheard of. When the captain of the boat saw how fast of a swimmer Brashear was, he offered him a better job working on the Navy boat, but Brashear wasn't satisfied. He decided he wanted to be a diver. Carl Brashear was the first black man to ever pass diving school. The white men didn't make it easy on him, calling him a "nigger" and not bunking with him. As...