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Alexander The Great - Analysis of the Film

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Introduction

Alexander The Great Episode 1 Adel Ellab 10A The film begins in Iran where we are told of how he was the devil and how he had two horns . They made their hate for him obvious. Th intro also tells us of how he was led to the speaking tree in India that told him that he would die young. That was the end of the introduction. Alexander was born in Macedonia , at a young age he believed that he was the son of god . There was no doubt about his extraordinary parents . His father had seven wives , he was an alcoholic yet a great man who controlled the country well . His mother was a weird manipulative women . At a young age he showed signs of brilliance , at 10 he tamed a horse that was thought to be untameable as no one in the land could tame it . His father always told him to aim high and that Macedonia was never enough for him . Alexander always hated the Persians for what they had done to his country . He had revenge in his blood and that was the beginning of the end for the Persian Empire . An interesting fact about him is that there is only one original portrait of him , all the rest are copies . At 19 his father died and so he took control of the country . Immediately he set out to Asia with 35,000 troops to seek revenge on Persia . This would be his last time in his homeland . He set out for Troy to visit the Tombs of Athena and Achilles . He believed that their sacred weapons would help him and so he took them . He believed that the gods would help him defeat the mighty Persians. He began his destiny by opening up the coast of Turkey and defeating the local government . He then went to Didimer's temple . ...read more.

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They believe that he killed their Priests , they believe that he was the devil and that he was cursed . They claim to this day to have preserved the fire that burnt down the palace . They preach that he was the Devils disciple and that he covered the earth in blood . They believed that those who he wished to kill will kill him and that he would be swept out of Persia . Anyway he now headed North to capture Darius , it was thought that Darius was headed towards Afghanistan . Some of Darius' ministers believed that it would be best to accept Alexander and his wealth yet Darius would not . Alexander travelled 400 miles in 11 days during which half his forces died , the rate at which they travelled was extremely fast . During that time Darius and his Nobles held a conference about how they wanted a new leader . They decided that for now the Kinsman would take over yet Darius refused to give up his crown . He was arrested and placed in gold chains . Alexander caught up with Darius' army at first light. Darius was advised to flee yet he wouldn't and so was slain by Bessus who was one of Darius' best friends. He was then left to die in a small stream. One of Darius' soldiers came looking for him and found him laying in that same stream bleeding to death. Darius handed him a note and a prayer , he asked that the note should be given to Alexander . Meanwhile the Persian army were defeated and Alexander could now proclaim himself Lord Of Asia . He had one problem though , his army were low on moral and so wanted to end this crusade and head back to Macedonia . Alexander used his charm to turn them around telling them how they can't turn back now and it worked . ...read more.

Conclusion

Admiral Nearchus took the army by sea while Alexander travelled by land . In October they began the journey home via the Macran Dessert . On their journey they came across flash floods and once they camped in a stream bed and many were killed. They stopped at the Torbat Fortress which is on route to Iran . Alexander took a different route towards sea . Which was through especially hard terrain . He didn't take the main route and so the army suffered for there were no streams for 50 km and so they had to carry water with them. They carried on along the coast and pretty soon the journey became a nightmare . Their feet sank in the sand and they had to go through nights without water . The dying were left behind as the rest continued . Why he went along the coast is unknown ? Along the route some water was found . It was just enough for the leader . It was presented to him in a helmet . He took it and tipped it into the sand for if his army weren't going to drink then neither would he . The route he took was deemed impossible for an army and that's why he took it, for the challenge, 60 days later they reached Iran. At that time Iran was the centre of the Universe , he now regretted his earlier action of burning down the Palace . He still wanted to conquer the west . His close friend Histien died , Alexander was in despair . He went to Babylon ignoring the warning made by the gods to him . He died there on the 10th June . He had a bad fever . The veterans took a last look at his body to confirm his death to the people and to themselves . He had always taken recognition of the veterans . Alexander had been broken by the insanity of absolute power . ...read more.

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