The Movie 300

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Masaki Hook FIL 2001 Mr. Rogers 06 December 2012 The Film 300 The movie is based upon a graphic novel by Frank Miller which is a famous comic book. They are both based upon the Battle of Thermopylae, “one of the most famous battles in the Persian Wars from 492 to 449 BC” (Studymode 6). The battle goes down in history for being one of the most heroic feats of bravery in any war. The Spartan King Leonidas led 300 Spartan warriors in a fight to block the Persian Army from passing into Greece through a two meter wide pass through the mountains of Thermopylae. The Persian army that vastly outnumbered the Spartans was beat back for two days and during those defeats they suffered heavy losses. All was lost on the third day after a traitor revealed to the Persian King Xexres that there was a hidden path that would lead his army behind the Spartan lines. We will never know if King Leonidas would have been able to defeat the Persian forces because he and all his men were slaughtered that third day. The setting of the movie 300 expresses political, religious, and social customs that ruled over the entire place. However, the most recognizable aspect of the culture of Spartans seen in the movie is their incorporation to warfare and military culture. The beginning of the movie is telling how new born babies are chosen. This aspect of Spartan culture represents survival of the fittest, the meaning of survival of the fittest is “evolution by means of natural selection” (WD 1). Clearly, their culture shows that people in Sparta, one must be fit, strong even, and developed as a baby and the other must be killed for they are unworthy to live in the Spartan region. The major concept of the movie is geared towards the importance of defending freedom from overwhelming enemies. The brave 300 worriers, led by King Leonidas, are the example of bravery, risking their lives for the sake

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