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The film "Braveheart" directing and staring Mel Gibson, a film portraying the actions of William Wallace during the 13th century. But is the tale an authentic representation of the historical events that took place. The story was originally written by Randell Wallace descendant of the main character William Wallace and was eventually turned into the blockbuster film "Braveheart" by icon studios. The film was called "bloody, violent and thrilling" by Barry Norman (respected film critic) as it is essentially a film about one mans obsession to obtain freedom by force. The story has a variety of facts that differ from the film. William and his farther are portrayed as poor common peasant farmers but in fact Wallace's farther was a knight "Sir Malcolm Wallace" with his own lands in the area of Eldeslie. Truthfully as the films reveals Wallace's farther was killed by the English, which fuelled Wallace's hatred. The usual class struggle in movies also applies to Braveheart, though in truth the division between the "commoners" and the "nobles" as depicted by Gibson was artificial and inaccurate. ...read more.

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Gibson used this chance to build up Wallace's character by making him a likeable hero fighting for a just cause, incorporating in part of a love tail to round off his character and to draw in a wider audience. As without it the story would only appeal to a minority of bloodlust die-hards. The battle of Stirling Bridge ironically in the film they left out the bridge. This battle came about because of the problems Wallace's rebellion caused the English. In the film Wallace's rag tag bunch of Scottish patriots were against the daunting task of defeating a much larger English force. The battle begins when the Scottish army "moon" their English counterparts before the oncoming barrage of arrows. The "mooning" incident became one of the trademarks and the most clich�d scene in the film, made great viewing but probably never took place. The film indicates that after the Scottish army "mooned" they protected themselves with "wooden shields" the film makers have obviously overlooked that the English arrows used at the time could pierce a knights shield, his mail and skewer him to his hoarse. ...read more.

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The film up to a point kept to the basic and I mean the basic story, but the next incident would comically and untruthfully change history and devalue the monarchy for centuries to come. Gibson's Wallace apparently fathered the future kings of England as the film depicts that Wallace had an illegitimate baby with the queen of England (wife to Edward II). Apart from any "lady of quality" being allowed such freedom, she could not have been older than 10 when Wallace was judicially murdered and her son Edward III was born 7years later Gibson's Braveheart is in my opinion an epic struggle for freedom and a great film some have said "Braveheart is less about Scotland of 700 years ago and more about western civilisation today?" In an interview before the production of the film Gibson stated "the film would be authentic but had to make compromises for storytelling purposes." Which was understandable, to fit eight years into 2 hrs and to reach a wide target audience but Gibson can't be forgiven for changing history and in that case Gibson Butchered Scottish history like the English butchered Wallace, whilst creating a cinematic masterpiece which will live an age. Media course work English By Tommy Bewick ...read more.

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