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Film Analysis Of Braveheart

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The world has been plagued with inequality issues since the beginning of time. The film Braveheart portrays this issue magnificently. Braveheart, directed by Mel Gibson, was released in 1995 and since then has won a total of 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture 1995 and Best Director Mel Gibson. Based on true history, Braveheart takes place in the late 13th Century in Scotland. William Wallace (Mel Gibson) returns to Scotland after living away from his homeland for many years. The king of Scotland has died without an heir and the king of England, a ruthless man known as Edward the Longshanks, has seized the throne. With Longshanks in the throne, the people of Scotland suffer as if they are slaves. The film deals with various literary, dramatic, and cinematic aspects to show the viewer the true struggle of the Scots during this era. Mel Gibson does a good job of meshing these aspects of the film together to portray his viewpoint on the inequality brought about during this time period.The director uses literary techniques to create a purpose in the film. The literary aspects of the film that create a major impact are the use of a narrator and symbolism. Throughout the film at major turning points, a narrator is used to recap the events that are about to take place, or already have taken place. A good example of the use of a narrator is in the last scene of the film. The narrator, who at first is Robert the Bruce, explains the events that have just occurred, namely the beheading of William Wallace. The narrator sets the scene for the upcoming events. The other prominent literary technique that Mel Gibson uses in Braveheart is the use of symbolism. In the beginning of the film, William Wallace weds a woman whom he has always loved. At a tragic point in the film the woman who he is married to is raped and murdered by English nobles. William Wallace uses this event to spark a revolution in order to win their independence from England. As the film progresses, he has several dreams about his deceased wife. Wallace's wife symbolizes his purpose for trying to gain freedom. The literary aspects of Braveheart help to establish the dramatic feel of the film.Braveheart is filled with dramatic scenes and relationships. Mel Gibson uses conflict and characters as very involving dramatic aspects of the film. Conflict is the most obvious aspect of the whole film. The whole plot is based on Scotland trying to gain their freedom from England by means of war. However, the characters add to the conflict through betrayal and revenge. Aside from the main conflict, there are several smaller conflicts between the characters. The conflict between William Wallace and the Scottish nobles leads to Wallace's death. The conflict between Robert the Bruce and the ideas of his father leads to...

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