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LorenaVergara

Sociology1
ProfessorOrtega
February7,2016
Messi
ThefilmthatIchoseforthisassignmentwasMessi.MessiisafilmbasedontheBarcelonasoccer
playerLionelAndrsMessi.MessiwasborninRosario,ArgentinaonJune24,1987.Messiplaysforthe
SpanishclubBarcelonaandforthenationalArgentinateam.ThefilmbeginswithpeoplewhoknowMessi
speakingabouthowwewaswhenhewassmall.Thefilmbeginswithpeoplereferringtohimasadiamond,
genius,thebestsoccerplayerintheworld/historyandevenanilluminator.ThefilmdemonstratesthatMessi
beganplayingsoccerbecausehisgrandmotherwouldtellhimheshouldplayandshetookhimtoafieldand
gothiminhisfirstsoccerteaminRosario,Argentina.HisgrandmotherinfluencedMessiandwasrightwhen
shesaidtohimVosvashacerelmejorjugadordelmundo.Messihasanolderbrother,Rodrigo.Rodrigo
beganplayingsoccerbeforeMessi.Oneofhisbiggestfanwashisfather,Jorge.WhenMessiwas
diagnosedwithahormonedeficiencythatimpededMessisgrowth,hisfathermovedtoBarcelonawith
MessiandbeganlookingforsoccerclubswhowouldpayforMessistreatmentbecausehebelievedhisson
wasgreat.TheNewellsOldBoyswouldntpayforhistreatmentandhishormoneproblemwouldholdhim
backfromplayingsoccer.Messiishatedandalsolovedbymany.OneofMessisdifficulttimesinhislife
wasnothishormonedeficiencybut,theseparationhisfamilywentthroughwhenhismotherandsiblingsleft
backtoArgentinaandMessiandhisfatherstayedinSpain.
Comtewouldinterpretthisfilmbecauseofthe3stages:theological,metaphysical,andscientific
stage.InthetheologicalstageComtebelievedthatpeopleviewedcertainthingsasasignoftheGods.In
themetaphysicalstagepeopleviewedtheworldeventsastheconsequenceofhumanliability.Lastly,inthe
scientificstagepeopleviewedtheworldeventsasprinciples.IthinkthisrelatedtoMessibecauseeveryone
inthefilmseeshimasaGodandthebestintheworldwhenitcomestosoccer.Also,asifhistalentis
somethinghewasbornwithandnotdeveloped.
Marxtheorymentionshowconflictarisesbecauseofthedifferentsociallevelssocietyhas.Ithinkin
awaythisrelatestoMessibecausehestartedfromthebottom.Hisparentsdidnothavemoneytopayfor
histreatmentyet,theyfoundsupportintheBarcelonabecausetheypaidforMessishormonedeficiency
treatment.SocialclassesdomatterinthiscasebecauseinMessiscasebecausehisfamilydidnothave
moneytopayforhistreatmentandaclubthatdoeshavemoneywasabletoaffordit.Thisissuebroughta

lotofcontroversybecausealotofpeoplequestionedifBarcelonahadnotpaidMessistreatmentwouldhe
stillhadbeengreat?
EmileDurkheimbelievedthatsocialbondingwasimportant.Ithinkthisdoesnotreallymatchthe
filmofMessi.TheonlythingthatmaybecanfitinintoDurkheim'stheoryisthatallofMessisfamilyworked
togethertogethimtogetwhereheis.
IthinkthatComteandMarxstheorybestsuitsthefilmMessi.Ithinkthatthisfilmsmainpointswas
theeconomicstrugglethattheMessifamilywentthroughbecauseofthehormonetreatmentandalsohow
Messiisseenas.Therefore,itrelatesalottoMarxstheoryofsocialclasses.Also,socialclassesdomakea
differenceinsocietybecausetherearepeopleareableandnotabletoaffordcertainthingsinlifebecause
ofmoney.ThisfilmalsorelatestoComtebecauseofthewaypeopleviewMessi.Messiisviewedasthe
bestandaGodinthesoccerworld.When,inrealityheisbutheisgreatandgoodbecauseoftheeffortand
determinationhehashadthroughouttheyears.NotbythetheologicalstagethatComtestheorymentions.