Analysis Of The Movie ' Braveheart '

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Dylan Echevarria
English 106
Darryl Ellison
30 January 2015
Braveheart: Close Reading As George S. Patton commented about war, "Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood." There is an extensive body of films in the War genre, some of which seem to glorify the bravery and drama of battle, while others portray the gruesome and brutal reality of combat. At their best, these films can stir the audience to an emotional response, building the intensity to a fever pitch as the viewer roots for the "good guys" and comes to
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The dramatic arrival of the horseman, combined with the huge army of men dressed in ancient military attire, complete with an array of weaponry and thunderous music, create the atmosphere of war. The troop commander asks the just-arrived messenger how many enemy soldiers there are, to which the messenger reports that they are really many, “at least three to one." This response immediately introduces the audience to the dire situation in the film. The setting, costumes, and weaponry also depict the historical era, repeatedly showing the extensive, green battlefields, accurate costuming of the spears, flags, shields and helmets of thirteenth century Scotland. In particular, Wallace, with his unique, blue face paint, seems different even from his men. Furthermore, the color of the horses is symbolic. There are horses outfitted in a variety of colors, but the white ones stand out and are used by the troop leaders. This technique brings out distinction, and possibly a sense of authority for the troop commanders. The historically accurate costuming and setting the scene add to the viewer 's sense of being transported back in time, stationed at the side of the battlefield. The filmmaker also makes a creative use of sound in developing characters and the theme of the movie. Clever use of both sound effects and music enhance the viewing experience and add to the
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