Essay about Analysis of Glory

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Analysis of Glory

Glory is a movie about the fifty-fourth Massachusetts regiment in the civil war. This was the first all black regiment the Union ever allowed to fight. Throughout the movie one quote kept proving itself true, “We went down standing up.” The members of the fifty-fourth proved that they wanted to go down standing up just by joining the army. However there were many situations that proved this further, as the film continued. During the regiment’s training period a message arrived at the camp. This message was a warning that all blacks found by confederates would be put to death, as well as their commanding officers. As a result of this warning Colonel Shaw was accepting any soldier’s resignations on the
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The regiment would be vastly outnumbered in such a battle. Despite the unfortunate odds, the soldiers seemed honored to be the first into the fort. Death was extremely probable for these soldiers, but they wanted to be remembered as brave men that went down standing up. These men willingly walked into almost certain death. This proves how strongly they believed in their cause. One of the main characters was Colonel Shaw. In the beginning of the film, Shaw played dead to escape death. In this part of the movie he was a coward. During the course of the movie Shaw grew a great deal. In the end he seemed to realize he was an equal with his men. Colonel Shaw was killed and buried with his men, which seemed to be a symbol of equality. The Union soldiers were not the only ones to demonstrate a willingness to take a stand, the Southerners also demonstrated a great willingness to go down fighting. The Confederates had beliefs that were opposing to that of the north, but the beliefs were just as strong. The South was taking quite a chance by fighting the civil war, given the fact that they had far less men than the North. The mere fact that the Southerners were willing to die for what they honestly believed were their rights, proves that they wanted to go down standing up. What the blacks did was a bit more remarkable than what the Southerners did, though. The people of the Union may not have respected the Southerners, but they were at least

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