Differences between history and The Patriot

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The Patriot In Hollywood, history is typically overlooked in the name of entertainment. It is rare to see people flock to the theatres for the sake of an hour and a half history lesson. Rather, the major blockbusters of our time are often composed of nothing but a purely fictional script and mediocre acting. It is rare to find a film that provides a good mix of history while remaining entertaining for an extended period of times. However, we find just that in The Patriot. It seems to provide the perfect balance of fiction and truth into a very entertaining two hours. By examining the film’s story and its historical accuracies and inaccuracies, this will become increasingly apparent. The Patriot details the campaign of a war that has been, for the most part, ignored in the film world. The film tells the story of Benjamin Martin, played by Mel Gibson, a South Carolina planter raising his seven children by himself. This film begins as the Revolutionary war is just getting underway. South Carolina votes and decides to pursue independence by taking part in the war. Martin is seriously opposed to this due to his previous experience with an earlier war. However, his son Gabriel, played by Heath Ledger, goes against his father and decides to enlist with the continental army. Martin remains a pacifist until a battle literally occurs right in front of his house. After British troops led by Colonel Tavington (Jason Isaacs) hurt is family and burn his plantation and nearby village, Martin takes command of the local militia. From here, Martin and his men begin using guerilla tactics to attack the various British soldiers they encounter. Used to a more “civilized” form of combat, Col. Tavington and Cornwallis are driven crazy by new form of warfare. The film culminates with one final battle scene between Cornwallis and the continental army. During the battle,

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