The Patriot

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Overall the motion picture “The Patriot” was very historically accurate. The scenery and the clothing worn by the characters played a major role in keeping the film true to the Revolutionary time period in American history in which the story took place. Although characters such as Benjamin Martin and his family were fictional, there were many more components integral to the film’s plot that were in fact a reality. Some examples of these are the Battle of Yorktown, the many historical figures in the film, and the numerous battle scenes. One of the elements of the movie that most accurately displayed the American Revolution was the numerous battle scenes. Throughout the film you see many examples of military tactics and weaponry of the period. The movie may seem to be very graphic to some in the depiction of the battles but it is very true to the realities of an eighteenth century battle. An excellent example of this depiction is in the final battle scene of the mo Continue...


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The main character, Benjamin Martin, alone was a portrayal of many significant Patriots during the revolution. They stand in line across from the enemy and fire volleys of bullets into the opposing line of soldiers. As the two sides line up to deliver shots at one another, they do not try to protect themselves with some sort of shield or shelter. Throughout the movie you also see glimpses of real historical figures and hear actual American plans. Another example is when Colonel Henry Burwell speaks of Nathaniel Greene's success in driving the British out of Georgia and South Carolina. In the film, General Cornwallis retreats to Yorktown to wait for much needed supplies and reinforcements. Here you can see the sheer brutality of this type of warfare. "The Patriot was successful in developing an interesting fictional plot while keeping true to the realities of the Revolutionary War. He was loosely based on the Prussian officer, Baron Friedrich von Stueben, who was hired by General Washington at Valley Forge to train his troops like a European army. Martin has a little portion of each Patriot in his character, such as the ambush fighting style of Francis Marion. Many of the characters in the movie are actually based on real people from the Revolutionary War, including the French officer, Major Jean Villenueve. From there the French finally arrive and to blockade the British from the sea. The weapons themselves are also very authentic. The scene in the movie that probably had the most historical significance and was most accurate in the film was the Battle of Yorktown.

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