A Few Good Men Character Analysis

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“ You can’t handle the truth! Son we live in a world that has walls, and those have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it you, you Lieutenant Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury, you have the luxury of not knowing what I know, that Santiago's death while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence while grotesque and incomprehensible, to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you talk about parties; you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall! We use words like honor, code, loyalty, We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something, you use them as a punch line.…show more content…
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is the place where the movie takes place. Two Marines named Lance Corporal Harold Dawson and Private Louden Downey are being charged with assault and murder of Private William Santiago. In the middle of the night Dawson and Downey attack Santiago and beat him as well as stuffing a rag into his mouth, Santiago then died shortly after due to respiratory complications. Lieutenant Joanne Galloway thinks that Dawson and Downey were just following orders given to them by their command. Galloway thinks this was part of the Marine's unofficial "Code Red". A “Code Red” is where there is self policing within the ranks of the platoon. Galloway believes that there was no intent of murder by Dawson and Downey. Galloway is described as a lawyer who seeks fairness and justice at no matter the cost and wants to be assigned the case, but she has no trial experience in the Navy . This leads to the Navy assigning Lt. Daniel Kaffee to be Dawson and Downey's lead defense and counsel .Kaffee is a Naval lawyer who also has no trial experience, but he has a history of taking plea bargains for his clients’ no matter their wants or innocence. Galloway still manages to become co-counsel in the case. Kaffee and Galloway also have an assistant in Lieutenant Sam Weinberg assigned to the case. The three have to decide what to do for the defense of Dawson and Downey. This is not an easy task because all…show more content…
The charges are are real life charges with one minor tweak. The movie did a great job of showing what a military court martial is like as well. They gave the members real life ranks, assigned the correct members to the defense, and the courtroom ran exactly the same way it is in real life. The only issue with the Hollywood effect in regards to Jessup. At the end of the movie he is detained for admitting to ordering the “Code Red”. However they do not explain what he will be charged with or what happens to him. Both Jessup and the platoon commander Lt. Kendrick should be charged with perjury. They both lied multiple times under oath, which is the definition of perjury. On top of that charge Jessup would be looking at a slew of charges. Withholding evidence for trying to cover up what happened during the investigation. Intimidation would be the next charge due to making Kendricks, and other Marines fearful of repercussions of going against him. Lastly he would be charged with conduct unbecoming of an officer. This would be the main military charge for Jessup. Now while this should result in a lot of jail time, in real life the result of this case against Jessup would end up as a plea bargain. In exchange for no charges Jessup would agree to retire early and retain full benefits. While this seems like a unreasonable thing, it is actually very common in the military whenever
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