Post #4: John Wick Baba Yaga Dramatic Analysis

This is from the film John Wick, which is my favorite action and thriller film. I selected this one out of a fun interest in analyzing these scenes for dramatic analysis. My paper will not be on John Wick rather, V for Vendetta.

This scene is early on in the film where we are starting to understand John Wick’s characteristics and backstory. I will break down into the five elements: Act, Agents, Agency, Scene, Purpose/Motive.


John Wick is a professional hitman for Viggo Tarasov. Who is the face seen telling his foolish son Iosef for stealing John Wick’s car and killing his dog. Viggo and Iosef are part of the Russian mafia.


John Wick hunting Viggo and Iosef for revenge is not a lawful action to take. Especially for stealing a car and killing his dog. Viggo and Iosef being part of mafia which commits organized crimes is against the law as well. These people are not heroes, in some lights, they are all villains. However, John Wick is a neutral karma in my point of view. He is doing something that we would all want to do if someone stole our car and kill your best friend on the same day.


Viggo and Iosef use their criminal connections to cover nefarious tracks. Hence when Viggo is not upset when Iosef mentions he stole a car. However, what Viggo is upset is that John Wick holds a grudge and will not give up until he eliminates his targets.

John Wick’s greatest tools are stealth and intimidation. In addition, he has  1960’s Mustang he drives during the films. His weapons are a Heckler and Kock P30 9mm pistol. This is not shown during these clips, however, it is seen during the later fight scene. John is also able to use any firearm available due to being a hitman and a former US Marine.


The clip begins with Aurelio’s garage, this is where cars get worked and repaired. This is where John Wick’s stolen car is about to get sold. However, Aurelio is Wick’s friend and he would not sell his friend’s car. When Aurelio asks about whose car is it, he strikes Iosef due to messing with his friend and killing his dog. However, as it progresses we see more of Viggo, he is calm and calculated. When he calls Aurelio, he is holding back anger you can tell by the musical score and the tone of his voice. However, upon hearing about his son’s actions, his disappointment is reflected in “Oh”.

This transitions to my favorite scene of the Baba Yaga or John Wick’s backstory. What helps is the music and the side by side scenes of Viggo telling the story and John Wick recovering his gear. Notice where his gear is stored, it’s in concrete representing trying to bury his past. However, John using a sledgehammer represents his anger and thirst for revenge tears down the constructed walls he built. Despite hearing this story, Ioself claims he can take down John Wick. The emotions are felt thanks to the amazing acting and slow movements of the actors.


Although no clear purpose for Viggo and Ioself. It is loosely mentioned by Viggo that they do what they do is for power and money. While John Wick tries to kill them, out of revenge, for Ioself destroying everything he cared about.


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Post 3: V for Vendetta Film-Narrative Analysis

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Narrative Perspective Definition: rhetorical tool for identifying, ideas, arguments, and thoughts about certain social-political or other topical events.

Rhetorical Situation: This is from the film V for Vendetta film, that is based on the DC comics of the same name written by Alan Moore. The context of this scene is that V is addressing the whole country of Britain about the issues and the lost freedoms that the Norsefire party took away. V wanted to use a speech to unite together on the 5th of November or Guy Fawkes Day to stand against the tyrannical regime

Narrative Perspective Application Goals:

The main goal for the narrative perspective device is to identify what are the arguments or themes of the film that conveys a message to the audience to follow.

This film has a variety of themes and morals that could be viewed in different ways.

Main Themes:

  • Totalitarianism
  • History
  • What is freedom? 

Artifact Description Through Narrative Perspective:

The scene that I selected is midway through the film and comic. However it follows the coherent narrative of the totalitarianism.

At the very beginning of the video, we see the not the Union Jack as the flag of Britain, rather the red cross like flag of the Norsefire Party. Not only do you see the flag change you see the leader of the regime of Chancellor Sutler who is played by John Hurt. His face is in a portrait surrounded by the flags in a nursing home. The next scene is the TV station with the cameras monitoring London. This reflects the party’s eyes and ears on the citizens of the city.

When V first speaks to the citizen’s the music that is selected is a calming music. The music selection is to calm the citizen’s whose normal TV programs are interrupted by the new broadcast.

V begins discussing the ethics of the everyday life. In quote, “I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of the everyday routine, the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition”. This means that it is good to be living is a stable society and balanced. However, this quote has a secondary meaning such as the everyday routine could blind you from  what is going on around in the world.

He then discusses the historical aspect to the discussion. With this quote, “But in the spirit of commemoration – whereby those important events of the past, usually associated with someone’s death or the end of some awful bloody struggle, are celebrated with a nice holiday – I thought we could mark this November the fifth, a day that is sadly no longer remembered, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat.

This quote he is referring to is the Guy Fawkes holiday. Which today is celebrated in England and parts of Ireland. Guy Fawkes was a freedom and tolerance of Catholics in England. He plotted a terrorist plot of using gunpowder explosive to kill King James I. It failed and he was executed, however he is remembered for his sacrifice and bravery. V wears a mask based off of the face of Fawkes. His plan in the film and book, is to destroy parliament to collapse the regime and restore the people’s freedom.

Implications of the Artifact: 

The implications of this artifact is that V for Vendetta is a timeless movie and book. It convey’s a message of warning of totalitarianism can appear in many ways. Historical study is important for a free society. The biggest impact this film has made is its association with fighting for freedom. An example is that, in Hong Kong many protesters are wearing this mask during the protests.








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Post 2: Neo-Aristotelian Analysis Steve Jobs Address Stanford University (2005)

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This is the 2005 speech of Steve Jobs, the former CEO of Apple. The rhetorical situation is Jobs doing a speech at Stanford University. He is discussing to the graduates about his journey to becoming a famous ceo. The purpose for his speech is to inspire the graduates to have perseverance and think independently.

Rhetorical Elements: Audience, Appeals, Claim, and Medium

The elements he applies is a focus on his audience, which are primarily the graduates. They are young adults going into the working world. He uses his ethos of his life story as the main medium for his life lessons. A life story is also more relatable and easier to understand.  Another element he focuses on is claim of success , which he has shown as his reputation as being the famous ceo of Apple and the creator of the Ipod. People already knew who he was before coming onto stage. Jobs uses his fame to inspire the audience to think different and or “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish”.

Five Canons: Invention, Arrangement, Style, Memory, and Delivery.

For invention, he uses a life story or a biography of his life and the hardships he went through created endurance. Jobs wanted to relate that idea into the speech and tell the student how to take the steps to achieve their goals.

The arrangement, was in the order of a biography of his life. It started with his genetic mother giving him up for adoption because she was a uneducated mother. Then he discusses the journey of being adopted by working class parents and his dropping out of said college. Then comes his journey into creating  Apple and what inspired him to do so.

Job’s rhetorical style is less of a professional rhetor and more of a inspirational speaker. He focuses more on his paper than looking at the audience in some ways he wanted less of appearances and more on the message. Which is a simple, but effective depending on the message itself.

The speech does not apply memory in any of the speaking. He did not memorize the speech, he read the whole thing. Jobs looked at his audience a few times, but it is unprofessional behavior in the world of rhetoric. The only application is when he wrote the speech. He used memory to create the biography, which will later be used in his actual published biography in 2011.

Like his rhetorical style his delivery is less professional and more common. He stares at the paper more and can be very distracting. His message is well thought, however it feels like he could have improved by memorizing the speech and looked at his audience more. There was also a hint of nervousness in his voice. If you look at the presentations he did on stage in those days, he was more confident and energetic. Here it feels like he is scared of his audience.

Overall, despite his delivery is unprofessional, this message is a timeless speech that everyone could learn from. I personally love this speech. Ever since I first learned it in my community college English class, I like to look at this as my inspiration.


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Post 1: Introduction to John Ward’s Pop-Culture Rhetorical Journey

Hello, everyone. My name is John Ward and I am an English major with a concentration in Professional Writing at Longwood University. This blog is part of the Rhetorical Criticism class as well as my own interest in the rhetorical aspects of popular culture.

This blog is for everyone who wants to see an rhetorical observation of popular media or culture. What I am going to cover is a variety of topics such as technology, literature, music, and some occasional memes.

For this blog, the intended audience is primarily my peers and Dr. Guler. However, it could be some outside observers who like blogs about popular culture. When the class concludes this blog can be an excellent exercise in my understanding of blogging and social networking.

I am really excited to begin this adventure and I hope you also enjoy the ride as well.

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