Reliable Historical Sources Essay

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Reliable Historical Sources History is the study of the past, of what had really happened and who were involved. To study history itself, it is essential that the source from which the information were taken is factual as well as reliable. It is not acceptable if it contains errors and flaws or mixing the truth with some fictions. This essay will investigate and evaluate a piece of historical evidence, the Hollywood movie The Patriot starred by Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger in order to determine whether or not it is reliable and could be used to determine the events that really had happened during the American fight…show more content…
A secondary source, however, offers an easier interpretation of what was stated in a primary source. An example of a secondary source is an encyclopedia telling about what happened during the Revolution for Independence in America. The disadvantage is that it is not one hundred percent reliable. Since The Patriot is a secondary source, it certainly contains bias and therefore makes it quite hard for the audience to be sure of its reliability. The Patriot was made for the sake of Hollywood and not to share what happened in the American history through a thorough and complete documentation. Therefore, the script The Patriot itself will certainly reflects on how the scriptwriter think about the events and contains personal opinions on the subject. Relating to the point that had just been made, the reliability of a historical source also depend on the bias a source contained. What needs to be questioned is whether or not this movie is biased? As seen from an audience perspective, The Patriot is a biased movie because once again, it is a Hollywood movie with American crews and therefore they have their own ideas on how the events had occurred and why they thought they were right in pursuing independence rather that keeping peace with the Great Britain. If seen from the British perspective, the characters on the British side might not be that bad, especially Tavington
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