Maximus' Quest For Freedom

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Ridley Scott’s epic film, Gladiator, considered one of the greatest films in recent years, won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Scott’s film, tells the story of the fall and rise of the great Roman General, Maximus Decimus Meridius. The Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius, tells Maximus that he wishes that he ( ) the emperor after his death, instead of his son, Commodus. Angry, Commodus, murders his own father, thus becoming the emperor, and sentences Maximus and his family to death. Maximus escapes, but the Emperor’s men murder his family and burn his home. Slave traders, capture Maximus, and sell him into slavery. Maximus must rise to the top once more, and enact his revenge on Commodus. Through a liberal humanistic …show more content…
This shows the viewer that greatness comes not from killing many people, but from ones own consciousness, and beliefs. Maximus has not become a decorated warrior and hero, by just killing people, he has used his own beliefs, and fought for what he believes correct. His fall and rise, allow the reader to see exactly what he believes, and reveals his quest for freedom. Throughout the film, Maximus does not want glory or fame, but only wants revenge and eventual freedom. The film holds this theme and meaning within the scenes themselves, and the viewer does not need any background information. Scott’s film presents the overall purpose of he enhancement of life. Maximus, plays the role of the hero, who rises, and takes his revenge. Although Maximus kills many people, he does so righteously, trying desperately to avenge his murdered family, and gain his freedom. Not once does maximus kill innocent people, or take the lives of those who did him no wrong. He only wants vengeance, on those who betrayed and wronged him, those who made him a slave, and murdered his family. At one point, Maximus screams to the crowd, “are you not entertained,” mocking their vile cheering, and death chants. The people however do not hear his mocking tone, but cheer louder, rooting him on. Maximus never betrays his fellow soldiers, or harms innocent people, he kills the people who block him from his

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