Essay about What Makes Historical Films so Special?

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Whether or not we choose to believe it, some of the greatest emperors in history actually turned out to be rather heartless and unpleasant, changing our perception significantly from admiration to pure hatred. To analyze such emotions would be to compare the way history has told the stories of these powerful leaders (in their respected empires) to modern influences, such as historical films, that portray the leaders as if they had hearts of gold. Although historical textbooks have branded both Asoka and Qin Shi Huangdi as rulers who were brutal and sometimes coldblooded, the films The Emperor and the Assassin and Asoka describe the reigns of these two emperors with the utmost wholesomeness in that both movies enable the minds of the…show more content…
While the history books detail the aftermath of the Battle of Kalinga (approximately 260 B.C) as the turning point in Asoka’s life, the film chronicles the changes in the emperor’s life over the course of the entire film By way of visualization in the film, Asoka is forced away from the kingdom (while his father, Bindusara, was still emperor) due to his mother’s vow of silence that she takes after hearing that her son was almost assassinated by one of Asoka’s brother’s (Susima). In order to please his mother, Asoka experiences the life of an average citizen by cutting off his hair (symbolic so that nobody will recognize the prince) and develops a friendly rivalry with one of the local men of the tribe (by the name of Virat) that Asoka joins. It is at this point in the story that Asoka now meets Kaurwaki, Arya, and their bodyguard Bheema who is trying to return the young prince and princess back to Kalinga so that Arya can assume the throne. Under the false name of his horse, Pawan who (according to Asoka) is an accomplished warrior in the Mauryan army, the prince accompanies the trio and in the process of traveling with them (while protecting them from certain death) secretly marries the beautiful Kaurwaki, and wins the trust of
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