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Gallipoli By Eric Evans Watch Gallipoli and note the information which the film provides about: The Attitudes of the two main characters: At the beginning of the film"¦ At the beginning of the film, the two main characters, Frank and Archie had completely different views towards the war. Archie was very keen to go to war, so much that he ran away from home to get in, and when he couldn't because of his age, he travelled to Perth, halfway on foot just to sign up. Frank, on the other hand was not at all interested in fighting for his country. All of his friends left him to go to war and he stayed put, more interested in running a bike shop in Perth. A few incidents such as the excessive praising of Archie for wanting to sign up for war started to change Franks values.In Egypt"¦ After signing up to the infantry, Frank was having a great time in Egypt. He walked the town with mates, played football, made fun of Poms and paid little money for great pleasure. Franks views towards the war had changed completely. War was the best thing that had ever happened to him. Archie was also having a ball in Egypt, especially when he met up with Frank again. They had running races and lots of fun.In the trenches in Gallipoli"¦ The reality of war hit the two main characters quite hard. Archie was still eager to fight and rejected an offer to become runner , which would exempt him from going over the top. He admitted that he was scared but rarely showed it under his big grin. Frank was not as keen to fight, he commented that he was not looking forward to seeing a Turk. He graciously accepted the job of runner that he was better suited to. Frank gained a better understanding of what it was to defend his country.Comparisons between the Australians and British: The film seemed to begrudge the British. The British landed at Suvla Bay, a much safer area than Anzac cove, and from there and from a ship, they ran the battle. They were said to be using the Anzacs as a diversion so that they could make a safer landing. While the Anzacs were fighting, the British would be drinking cups of tea on the beach. Many mistakes which lead to the withdrawal of the troops were caused by the British. The mistaken landing at Anzac Cove was caused by the British, the mistaken sighting of Australian flags in the enemy trenches was caused by the British and the late bombardments were caused by the British. The film was portraying the English as snobs who were using the Anzacs for their own glory.The meaning of mateship and examples of this quality: Mateship is an Aussie word derived from the quality found in Aussies which involves loyalty, helpfulness, and trustworthiness towards mates. In the film many examples of mateship are shown; A strong sense of mateship held Archie and his Aboriginal friend together who really encouraged him to do well in his race. When Franks friend was unfairly priced for a phony antique, he and his mates out of loyalty and mateship, went to...

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