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					Arnold
Schwarzenegger

Kelsey Brongo
IDEA English II Acc.
Mr. Mooney P. 1
Beneath the Botox, orange skin,
and layers upon layers of
muscle, lies a man who has
overcome a hard life in Austria,
skepticism from his peers, and
criticism from many others to
become an award-winning
bodybuilder, a renowned actor,
and a successful politician.
                                    Childhood
• Full name: Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger
• Born on July 30, 1947 in Thal, Austria
• Arnold had a rough childhood; he was beaten by his
  father and was always second to his brother
• First inspired to become a bodybuilder when he
  saw a magazine with Reg Park on the cover
• Was determined to get out of Austria and be
  successful
• Made friends in the bodybuilding industry; they
  helped propel him to success
• Won the Mr. Olympia contest in 1968 after arriving
  in America
                     Austrian Perspective
       “’Many of the children I’ve seen were broken by their
       parents, which was the German-Austrian mentality.
       Break the will. They didn’t want to create an
       individual.’” (Leamer 15)
                        – Arnold Schwarzenegger




Photo: The view from Arnold’s window in his childhood home in Austria
                          Austrian Perspective


                             “People do not want to
                             leave to venture forth in
                             the unknown world
                             beyond… It [Austria] is a
                             homogeneous place…
                             They find comfort in a
                             present that is full of the
                             past.” (Leamer 14)


Arnold’s childhood home
                                          Adulthood

• Became an American citizen in 1983
• Served on the President’s Council of Physical Fitness
  and Sports from 1990-1993
• Took English classes at Santa Monica Community
  College
• Married Maria Shriver in 1995, had 4 kids
• Has accumulated a fortune of over $800 million
                                        Nice Guy

• Donates his governor’s salary of $175,000 to
  charities each year
• Promotes environmental acts
• Red Cross Ambassador
               Arnold:
   The Bodybuilder
At the height of his career
as a bodybuilder, his stats
were:

Arms: 22 inches
Chest: 57 inches
Waist: 34 inches
Thighs: 28.5 inches
Calves: 20 inches
Weight: 235 pounds
Height: 6 feet 2 inches
“I just use my muscles as a conversation
 piece, like someone walking a cheetah
            down 42nd Street.”
       - Arnold Schwarzenegger
                                 Arnold: The Actor
•   Hercules in New York (1970)
•   Conan the Barbarian (1982)
•   Conan the Destroyer (1984)
•   The Terminator (1984)
•   Commando (1985)
•   Predator (1987)
•   The Running Man (1987)
•   Twins (1988)
•   Total Recall (1990)
•   Kindergarten Cop (1990)
•   Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
•   Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
         (2003)
Arnold: The Politician
                                Political History

• In the 2003 recall election of Gray Davis, he ran
  against Cruz Bustamante and was elected with
  49% of the vote
• Ran for re-election in 2006 against Phil Angelides
“To those critics who are so pessimistic about our
  economy, I say: ‘Don’t be economic girlie men!’”
 – Arnold Schwarzenegger, at the Republican convention


  "If they don't have the guts to come up here in
  front of you and say, 'I don't want to represent
  you, I want to represent those special interests,
 the unions, the trial lawyers ... if they don't have
          the guts, I call them girlie men."
    – Arnold Schwarzenegger, describing Democratic
                lawmakers in California
“Arnold has had this whole career as governor of
   California, complete with a big early run of
  legislative victories, a huge and consummate
   defeat, a bottoming out in the polls, then a
    comeback and a reelection and a record of
      accomplishment that’s embarrassing.”
              - Tom Junod, Esquire
Perspective
This is a common perspective for people living outside of
   California, especially other Austrians:
Having a body-building, appearance-obsessed
  actor who can barely speak English properly as
  Governor of California is a joke
Refutation
   – Just because you’re an actor doesn’t mean you
     can’t be a good politician (ex: Reagan)
   – Arnold made it his goal to be the best bodybuilder
     in the world
   – When he creates a goal, he follows through with it
     and does his best
“I didn't leave bodybuilding until I felt that I had gone as
far as I could go. It will be the same with my film career.
 When I feel the time is right, I will then consider public
service. I feel that the highest honor comes from serving
                 people and your country.”
                  -     Arnold Schwarzenegger

 “I believe with all my heart that America remains 'the
great idea' that inspires the world. It is a privilege to be
born here. It is an honor to become a citizen here. It is a
 gift to raise your family here, to vote here, and to live
                          here.”
                      - Arnold Schwarzenegger
Perspective
Many people believe that…
  Although Arnold admitted that he had
  consumed steroids and smoked pot, he is not a
  proper role model as Governor
Refutation
   – If people with troubled childhoods were forbidden from
     running for public office, there would be no one in office
      • Example: George W. Bush was arrested several times for DUI before
        he ran for president
   – In Arnold’s defense, the steroids were legal at the time he
     did them
   – By admitting his past, he has shown that he has nothing to
     hide and that he is honest
   “[Arnold] could do things and say things
 that would have merited the most onerous
  consequences for anyone else. He could
    turn the … malicious into the kindest
                 sentiment.”
               (Leamer 33)

- He shares the same quality as Phineas from A Separate
                          Peace
“Cannabis is not a
drug. It’s a leaf. “
  Arnold     Arnold
    (with   (without
steroids)   steroids)
Perspective
  He is viewed by many in California as leaning
  more toward the Democratic party, although he
  was elected as a Republican. He is also held
  responsible for the all problems of California.
  For example: He was elected to revive the state from the deficit
  of $16 billion under Gray Davis, but it has since increased to $20
  billion
Refutation
  – He has tried to be a centralist, not favoring one side or the
    other (he is a republican but CA is a democratic state)
  – With the current conditions of the US, including the War in
    Iraq, inflation, and the increasing gas prices, it is near
    impossible to turn any economy around by following the
    strict guidelines for either party
Perspective
  There have been many accusations of sexual
  misconduct against Arnold
• During the 2003 campaign for governor, 6 women
  came forward with allegations that Arnold touched
  them inappropriately
Refutation
  Arnold admits that
  sometimes he does
  behave badly, but that
  most of the stories
  were merely attempts
  for attention and
  were false
 “Strength does not come from winning.
 Your struggles develop your strengths.
When you go through hardships and decide
   not to surrender, that is strength.”
        - Arnold Schwarzenegger
                                  Conclusion


After reading Fantastic: The Life of Arnold
Schwarzenegger and other sources, one will
come to realize that behind the thick Austrian
accent and the pounds of muscle is a personable,
relatable human being.
Any Questions?
                                        Works Cited

About Arnold. 2007. Office of the Governor. 10 May 2008.
  <http://gov.ca.gov/about/arnold>.
Andrews, Nigel. True Myths: The Life and Time of Arnold
  Schwarzenegger. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing,
  1996.
Arnold Sounds. 2001. 10 May 2008. <http://www.
  geocities.com/arnoldsounds/>.
Jonud, Tom. Arnold Schwarzenegger is President of 12
  Percent of Us. 16 Feb 2008. Esquire. 10 May 2008.
  <http://www.esquire.com/features/arnold-
  schwarzenegger-0308
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                                       Works Cited
Leamer, Laurence. Fantastic: The Life of Arnold
  Schwarzenegger. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2005.
Political Humor. 2005. About.com. 10 May 2008.
  <http://politicalhumor.about.com/cs/schwarzene
  gger/a/aa080703.htm>.
Schwarzenegger, Arnold and Douglas K. Hall. Arnold: The
  Education of a Bodybuilder. New York: Simon and
  Schuster, 1993.
The Governor’s Axe. 2006. Duke Magazine. 10 May
  2008. <http://www.dukemagazine.duke.
  edu/dukemag/issues/091006/governor1.html>.
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Now for a special gift from
         Arnold…

      STEROIDS!
      Just kidding,
     They’re Tic Tacs

				
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