Essay about Historical Accuracy of the Patriot

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History 122 – American History to 1877 Jason Dickson Historical Movie Review: The Patriot The movie, The Patriot, is the story of a South Carolina plantation owner, Benjamin Martin, who leads a local militia against British troops in the South during the beginning of the American Revolutionary War. Martin, who is a widower with six children and a veteran of the French and Indian War, wants nothing to do with the war until a brutal British Colonel, William Tavington, kills one of his sons and takes his eldest son, a member of the Continental Army, prisoner. Martin, who’s character is loosely based on Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, uses guerrilla warfare to cut British supply lines and attack outposts in an attempt to slow General…show more content…
Another societal inaccuracy in the movie was how they changed the dialogue to be more entertaining. In some of the scenes, the characters speak in the King’s English, which would have been common during the period. However, a letter written from Martin’s oldest son to his girlfriend is quite conversational and informal. Perhaps the director thought the emotion in the letter might not be as strong written more formally. Lastly, the movie has a scene where a young woman stands up in church to chastise the men for not supporting the cause for freedom. Women were important members of most colonial churches and some were even allowed to speak from the pulpit (citation). However, such a young women would not likely be allowed to address the congregation and certainly not permitted to speak down to its male members. The director made numerous changes to details regarding the war to make the movie more enjoyable to watch. During a 1775 town hall meeting, Martin said, “Massachusetts and Virginia are at war, but not South Carolina.” In fact, Massachusetts was at war with the British, but Virginia didn’t join the conflict until 1777 (citation). Battle scenes in the movie show a large contingent of the Continental Army in formal uniforms. However, few members would have had the formal uniform and most would have been dressed in militia uniforms (citation). The battle flags in the movie also were

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