Braveheart vs. William Wallace�
The movie Braveheart, directed by Mel Gibson and released in 1995, is an epic tale about a Scottish hero named William Wallace. The movie is exceptionally accurate when compared with other historical movies. However, changes have been made to make the film more entertaining and romantic. Despite some minor historical glitches, Braveheart is wonderfully composed and really gives the viewer a good idea of what living in Scotland in the 13th-14th centuries would have been like.�
Braveheart starts out with a young William Wallace whose father, a Scottish patriot, is killed by the English. He comes back to the village of his birth when he is ...view middle of the document...
The real William Wallace did know English, French, Gaelic, and Latin, but one finds it hard to believe that he would have spoken much beyond Gaelic around his uneducated countryman (Campbell, 1). The rest of the characters, with the exception of Princess Isabella and her lady in waiting, also spoke English in the movie. Again, the Scottish would have been speaking Gaelic in reality, but the Englishmen would have still spoken English. The reason for this inaccuracy is understandable. If the producer, Mel Gibson, would have required all of the Scottish and Irish characters in the movie to have spoken Gaelic or Latin, it would have taken an extremely long time for the actors to learn not only the lines, but their translation. Those actors which weren't already fluent in Gaelic would have had to learn the translation in an effort to have performed with emotion and feeling. It's hard to act out words that have no meaning to the actor. Another downfall to a film almost entirely in Gaelic was its audience. The audience for this production was for the most part English speaking. This fact alone would have called for subtitles. Not only are subtitles more expensive for the producer, they also make the picture less enjoyable for its patrons (Braveheart, commentary). This inaccuracy of language can, however be forgiven. The language was changed for one simple reason, to make the movie more suitable for its viewers.�
The main character in Braveheart, William Wallace, played by Mel Gibson, starts out life wanting nothing to do with the turmoil that his country was facing. However, has he grew older, and after the murder of his wife, Murron, played by Catherine McCormak, he finds the hero within himself and joins up with his fellow Scotsmen to fight for Scottish freedom. He is extremely successful in battle, and become notorious for showing no mercy to the lives of the English. He slaughters them with casual fray. After he loses a battle, he is captured by the English and taken to the castle of King Edward I. There he is tried for treason, hanged, drawn, and beheaded. Also during his life, he has an affair with Princess Isabella, and is the father of her baby. This makes for a very suspense filled production, but is not entirely truthful (Braveheart, movie).�
The real William Wallace was born in Scotland, and lived in a small village. He was the son of a nobleman who was killed by English soldiers for opposing their force in Scotland (Campbell, 1). Wallace leaves with his uncle to receive an education. Upon his arrival, he is reunited with Murron, and marries her. The Sheriff of Lanark kills her soon after. In reality, he was also a passionate Scottish patriot. Up until this part of the movie, it is remarkably accurate in its portrayal of Wallace. Princess Isabella's affair with Wallace was completely inaccurate however. Wallace wasn't even alive when she was married to the Prince (Trial 2). The section of the...