Braveheart Essay

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Craig Cherry Group Dynamics (Movie Summary) 10/8/2012 Braveheart In all revolutions there are to be found revolutionarily leaders. In the days of medieval times, William Wallace was one such leader. He is to lead his people of Scotland to independence from British rule. In the movie Braveheart; William Wallace is played by Mel Gibson. William Wallace exists initially as a meek, rather passive individual. Such is the early path of many who rise to greatness. He seeks no quarrel with the British until they initiate a new policy of allowing British soldiers to breed with native Scotts. It serves as a subhuman insult that drives William Wallace into revolutionary passion. He gathers the peasants, young and old of Scottish tribes and prepares to do battle. At one point British troops meet Wallace with numerous Irish mercenaries. The Irish charges the fields of battle as the Scotts lead by Wallace to do the same. They meet midway and instead of battling, they embrace each other. Now the British would be fighting their own paid mercenaries. Like most professionals armies of the time, the British have the very finest archers. Untrained peasant forces seldom have those so skilled with the long bow. Wallace and his men hold their meager wooden shields overhead in hopes of some defense. The movie progresses with victory after victory, until Wallace is betrayed and imprisoned. The look of betrayal on Mel Gibson’s face is quite a spectacle, and one of the more memorable moments in the film. Only some of the bewildered looks of fear, and betrayal in the Henry V movie can even hope to compare with such a moment of majesty. Leadership in successful task groups is vitally important. Styles can vary drastically and still be effective but the underlying factor is leadership must present for groups to be successful. A leader is only as effective as long as the group is willing to

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