Glory: A Brief Analysis Of The Film Glory

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This film was adapted from the letters from Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the military officer in charge of the Fifty-fourth regiment. His letters showed the strength, courage, and motivation from the men in the Fifty-fourth company. This division was the first all black regiment in Massachusetts during the Civil War. This group consisted of African Americans willing to fight and die for the Union. At first the United States government was undecided about the use of black soldiers in the army and used them in demeaning tasks. Shaw was able to extort higher military officers to persuade them to use his regiment in combat at James Island, South Carolina, and Fort Wagner. His goal was to prove black men are as qualified as a white man on the battlefield. The film presented heroic…show more content…
The inspiration of Shaws loyalty to his men demonstrated he is a man of character in war and on the battlefield. This inspirational film established that a mans color does not effect his ability to fight in combat. The film Glory showed relevance to topics that were discussed in the civil war chapter. Glory brought together the battles and generals from the year 1863. It also brought further understanding to the historical context during that time period. Throughout the film there was inner and outer battles. The inner battle was the struggle for acceptance from the white social class and the outer battle was the phyical fight at James Island and Fort Wagner. The inner and outer battles brought upon four of the dichotomies present in Glory: black/white, union/confederate, north/south, moral/immoral. The Fifty-fourth regiment was the first all black regiment in Massachusetts. Before this time only white men were allowed to join the army. This split the black men from the white. In the same respect, in the film, black men who were enlisted were offered $3.00 less then a white man. For this reason, all men in the
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