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The Other Boleyn Girl Essay

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The movie and the history behind the Other Boleyn Girl differ. The movie skips over and or glosses over main points in history. The true story of Anne Boleyn is quite depressing, but in my research I found it to be extremely interesting. The movie, The Other Boleyn Girl had good acting, beautiful costumes and sets, and a good plot. However, if you are looking to do research on a school history project this is not a movie you want to be looking into, but if you are looking for a good movie you should watch it.
Anne Boleyn had a sister, Mary Boleyn and a brother, George Boleyn. Two of these siblings would meet a terrible and abrupt end of their lives. Mary was the oldest of the siblings, despite what the movie said. Mary started out life with a promising future; she was betrothed to a twenty-one year old emperor, to be married as soon as she reached the age of twelve. However, the emperor ended up not wanting to wait that long for a bride. She was then married to William Carey, a man of the privy chamber. (loads)The movie got the fact that she married William Carey correct. However, it forgot to mention that she had, had another engagement at an earlier time. Anne was the middle child of their family. The movie betrays her as beautiful child. And she may have been but, it was also rumored that she supposedly had a sixth finger, a mole, and a double nail. However, these traits are known more as myths. It is known however, that she did not look like most of the other women at court. She was darker skinned and had dark hair, while the other women mainly had pale skin and blond hair. It is possible that because of her not looking similar to the other women in court is what triggered the rumors of her childhood appearance to be spread. George was the youngest of the Boleyn children the movie has his part in history almost perfect except for that he courted Jane Seymour before he was forced into an unwanted marriage with Jane Parker. (Erickson)
When Anne and Mary were younger their parent sent them to France to become educated and womanly. In France Anne learned how to make herself appear "beautiful" and how to talk like a women, and how to get men to do things for her. This however was when she was only about 12 years old. Not later on in her life after an irresponsible move she made like the movie portrays. The other difference in the movie is that they have her go to France alone when in fact she went with Mary. (Erickson)
When it started to become apparent that the queen was not going to be able to give the king a male heir the Boleyn family and other families started to think that if they could get one of their daughters to become the kings mistress that that would be a good way to get more power and wealth within the court. In the movie they make it seem like Anne was the one that the family chose to become the king’s mistress. However, Anne was never the sister chosen to be mistress to the king, when they first thought of the idea they...

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