American History I
2 July 2012
It is not surprising that the inaccuracies of the movie, The Patriot, were driven by Hollywood to sell movie tickets. This movie is chock full of inaccuracies, not only to characters and characters based on characters but also characters of complete fiction. Along with character inaccuracies there are inaccuracies with munitions, battle segments, presidential decrees, and main character defects that steer inaccuracies in a direction for even more faults that are not dictated from history. These are implications that the Patriot has been made historically accurate as possible with the addition of a fictitious story with emotions driving the sentiments of revolution of a country. Even though the inaccuracies of this film would cause the most patriotic to do a little research on the era, this film is entertaining enough to instill pride with the promise of a free nation.
The Patriot takes place in colonial America during the war of independence from England. The movie centers around one man and his family. Being a widower, he opts not to support a war with England. Benjamin Martin played by Mel Gibson is based on the South Carolina militiaman Francis Marion. Only until the war arrives at his doorstep and results in the death of one of his sons and the capture of another, does he get involved. Martin gets tasked to band together a group of men called militia to rein terror upon the British.
The militia was a band of undisciplined group of individuals that proved to be effective in a new unconventional battle style. History tells us that the American regular army was no match in muzzle to muzzle battle with the English. The British had no answer for the ambush tactics of the colonials. Mel Gibson’s portray of Francis Marion was pretty well accomplished. Just as in the movie, Marion had vast knowledge of the wilderness and swamps that frustrated British forces...