Inaccuracis in Mel Gibson's Braveheart

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The film Braveheart directed and starred by Mel Gibson is based on the First War of Scottish Independence against England and is led by the Scottish warrior, William Wallace. This film depicts the life and the influence William Wallace had in 13th-century Scotland. Mel Gibson dramatizes the story so that the American audience will feel excitement and satisfaction with the film. Through the film’s inaccuracies’, Braveheart reveals the American view of masculinity, a desire for action and excitement over reality, importance of freedom and a desire to see the underdog. The film shows this with Edward II portrayed as a homosexual, the inaccuracies’ of battle scenes, and the inaccuracies with William Wallace’s upbringing. Dr. Stanley Williams wrote the article “Braveheart’s Moral Premise and William Wallace’s Moment of Grace.” This article shows how the movie portrays William Wallace as a self-less human being willing to do anything for freedom. Sid Ray wrote “Hunks, History, and homophobia: Masculinity Politics in Braveheart and Edward II.” In this article the author discusses if perhaps William Wallace was fueled by proving his masculinity more than freedom for his country. This relates back to Dr. Stanley Williams article, where he believes that Wallace was influenced purely on attaining freedom for his country. Grame Morton wrote an article about the life and heritage of William Wallace. “The Most Efficacious Patriot: The Heritage of William Wallace in Nine-tenth-Century Scotland,” shows how Mel Gibson exaggerated scenes in the film to captivate American audiences. James Mackay wrote the book “William Wallace: Brave Heart” which tells the life of William Wallace and is used to show how the film Braveheart has many inaccuracies. T... ... middle of paper ... ... norms are clearly shown throughout the film and proves what American audiences truly value. Works Cited Braveheart. Dir. Mel Gibson. Prod. Mel Gibson. By Randall Wallace. Perf. Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, and Patrick McGoohan. Paramount Pictures, 1995. Mackay, James A. William Wallace: Brave Heart. Edinburgh: Mainstream Pub., 1996. Print. Morton, Graeme. "The Most Efficacious Patriot: The Heritage of William Wallace in Nineteenth-Century Scotland." Scottish Historical Review 204th ser. 77.2 (1998): 224-28. Print. Ray, Sid. "Hunks, History, and Homophobia: Masculinity Politics in Braveheart and Edward II." Film & History 29.3/4 (1999): 22-31. Print. Ross, A. "Wallace's Monument and the Resumption of Scotland." Social Text 18.4 65 (2000): 83-107. Print. Williams, Stanley D. "BRAVEHEART'S Moral Premise and William Wallace's Moment of Grace." (2006): n. pag. Print.

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