A duo who was fated for trouble from the start, Frank and Archy nearly spat in rejection to each others opinions: Archy wanted to be brave and a heroic figure that did something worthwhile for his country, and Frank just wanted to live his life unconcerned, as he was just a civilian who did not feel compelled to owe his country. Archy is heated with fervor despite his family or comrades opinions. Archy is found reading a "newspaper account of the ANZAC troops ' 'baptism of fire ' at Gallipoli" (Stewart, Matthew), intriguingly the subheadings speak of 'magnificent achievement ' and 'glowing tribute '. This newspaper is kept inside his volume of "Every Boy 's Book of Sport and Pastime", a book which signifies sacred boyhood text (Stewart, Matthew). Nevermind any youthful outlook on running, the sport he was gifted at, now, Archy knew what he wanted.
"Frank professed no illusions to begin with (Stewart, Matthew)." Namely, it was not Frank 's dream to join the war. Frank seemed to be a youth that was living one day at a time, with no real long term aspiration. He simply joined the war as an act of mateship, as well as possibly gaining a perk or two. Nevermind the title Gallipoli, it is not an anti-war film, nor a pro-war film, but it...
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...led himself, the Light horse prepares themselves to burn in a blaze of glory. Archy realizes that the war had not been the classic fairytale of wars he presumed, however it 's too late to back down. Knowing that Frank is not with the troops, and believing he has to face this war like a man, Archy along with the others rush over the trench edges after making peace with themselves. Archy is shown rushing with all his might towards the Turks, with the bold epiphany fresh in his mind that his youthful dream has turned into a manly nightmare. Frank experiences the grimmest realization of all: He arrived a moment too late. Archy 's dreams, and his hope for them to return all well have been torn right in front of him. The Aussie 's suffered 8,700 dead, and 28,150 casualties at Gallipoli, nearly one-sixth of the casualties it endured during the Great War (Hammer, Joshua).
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