Critical Analysis Of Spartacus

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Spartacus, a fearsome gladiator and general in the war against slavery in Rome, was portrayed as a born-slave that was eventually bought after having a squabble with a Roman soldier during slave-labor. According to Appian, a Roman historian in 2nd century A.D., “At the same time Spartacus, a Thracian by birth, who had once served as a soldier with the Romans, but had since been a prisoner and sold for a gladiator, and was in the gladiatorial training-school at Capua, …” (217). This shows that Kubrick omitted such an important detail regarding Spartacus’s past. Kubrick most likely wanted to portray an underdog story for Spartacus. However, there were many ways that Kubrick could have written this part of the story. He could have stuck to…show more content…
Another detail that was omitted was that Crixus took the Gallic, Germans, and other slaves, and led them in a breakaway movement which Crixus ended up leading to their doom. One major detail that was added to the film was Spartacus’s real wife Varinia. Spartacus met Varinia during his time in the gladiator school in Capua under Batiatus. Varinia is portrayed a Brittanian slave, working for Batiatus, serving meals and men in the gladiator school. The film portrays Spartacus enamored with the first sight of Varinia. Then they get closer with each other after Spartacus refuses to sleep with her. She also is portrayed as one of the key factors into the rebellion led by Spartacus. When Spartacus sees Varinia leaving, he is seen as frustrated that his one true love got away. Later, they show her as a slave as Spartacus’s army makes their way through, and they are reunited and fall in love together, also making a baby in the process. However, Varinia never existed, the character was created under Howard Fast in his novel Spartacus. Spartacus’s real wife doesn’t have too much background information, only that she was Thracian-born too. According to Plutarch, Spartacus’s wife played a major role in persuading slaves to join and trust Spartacus, acting almost like a prophet. Plutarch states: The first of these was Spartacus, a Thracian of Nomadic stock…a serpant was seen coiled about his face as he slept, and his wife, who was of the same tribe as Spartacus,
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