Get Mad! Speech
Alice declares that she's no going to sit by and let herself be beaten down.


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You've got to say, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!'
Howard Beale, Network

Someone who is not a Graceful Loser proudly declaring that they will not Face Death with Dignity. The massive screw you to those who would Kick Them While They Are Down.

May overlap with a Reason You Suck Speech, Shut Up, Hannibal!/Kirk and Is That the Best You Can Do?? Par for the course where the Determinator is concerned. May include "I Cant Take It Anymore," but not mandatory.

Examples:

Film
  • Network
    Howard Beale: I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell - 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta Get Mad!... You've got to say, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"
  • Arguably, The Joker from The Dark Knight, during his interrogation by Batman. All he does is laugh and taunt and defiantly declare that there that there is nothing Batman can do to make him talk.
Literature
  • Quellcrist Falconer from Richard K. Morgan's Altered Carbon gives us this little gem:
    The personal, as everyone's so fucking fond of saying, is political. So if some idiot politician, some power player, tries to execute policies that harm you or those you care about, TAKE IT PERSONALLY. Get angry. The Machinery of Justice will not serve you here -- it is slow and cold, and it is theirs, hardware and soft-. Only the little people suffer at the hands of Justice; the creatures of power slide from under it with a wink and a grin. If you want justice, you will have to claw it from them. Make it personal. Do as much damage as you can. GET YOUR MESSAGE ACROSS. That way, you stand a better chance of being taken seriously next time. Of being considered dangerous. And make no mistake about this: being taken seriously, being considered dangerous marks the difference -- the only difference in their eyes -- between players and little people. Players they will make deals with. Little people they liquidate. And time and again they cream your liquidation, your displacement, your torture and brutal execution with the ultimate insult that it's just business, it's politics, it's the way of the world, it's a tough life and that IT'S NOTHING PERSONAL. Well, fuck them. Make it personal.
    From Things I Should Have Learnt By Now, Volume II
Music
  • Chumbawamba's Tubthumping:
    "I get knocked down! But I get up again! You ain't never gonna keep me down!"
Video Games
  • Cave Johnson from Portal 2's lemon rant.
    Alright, I've been thinking.. When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade, make life take the lemons back! Get Mad! I don't want your damn lemons! What am I supposed to do with these?! Demand to see life's manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I am? I'm the man whose gonna BURN YOUR HOUSE DOWN!! (beat) WITH THE LEMONS! I'm gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon, that BURNS YOUR HOUSE DOWN!!
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