Lincoln Movie Reflection
The movie, Lincoln, focused on the later years of the president’s life, when he was trying to pass the 13th amendment, which eradicated slavery. This time frame was important to the director because he couldn’t possibly chronicle Lincoln entire life without rushing over details, and the abolition of slavery is one of what Lincoln is most remembered for. Oddly enough, many outside sources actually claim Abraham Lincoln to be racist. However, in the movie, Lincoln was depicted as a quiet, thoughtful man who respected African Americans.
This could be seen in the opening cane, where he addressed a pair of black Union soldiers, acknowledging their service. His actions concerning their race beforehand were also reflected optimistically; one of these black soldiers respected Lincoln so highly he had the president’s Gettysburg address memorized by hearta pair of white soldiers were just cut off from reciting it earlier so this black soldier picked off right from where they left. Lincoln appeared touched by this, smiling before he returned to his usual pose: a thoughtful, solitary pose, which he assumed many times throughout the film.
This indicated he was thinking, and he could think to himself anywhereas long as he was mostly alone. That part was important in the movie. In the presence of others, he spoke confidently, always a story up his sleeve to package his ideas in, but when he was alone or with only a few people, Lincoln said little if not none at all, like the scenes where he was looking at old family pictures in the light of the fireplace by his sleeping son, and when he was alone in the big room beside his telegraph messengers, trying to put to words what he wanted to say.
He thought this much because of the circumstances. The 13th amendment had to pass before the end of the war or support for it will drop. To him, its passing was Just as important as ending the war itself. He was anti-slavery and it was an opportunity to make the battles mean more than a bloody memory that he couldn’t misssuppose abolishing slavery slightly Justified it. But it was no easy task. He needed at least 12 votes to get it passed. In the movie, he went as far as bribing congressmen for votes.
Envelopes ere sent somewhat-secretly and somewhat-forcibly to various congressmen as he and political allies such as Thatched Stevens met one on one with some personally, hoping to persuade a vote out of each. Sometimes, the encounter was bittersweet, like the one where Lincoln talked to a congressman who, out of a regretful tone, admitted his long grudge against blacks since the death of his brother by the hand of one. Others, the encounter was forceful, like the one where Stevens scared a congressman into switching into the Republican party.
These actions were also questioned by skeptics, who claimed Lincoln never attempted such a thing. But, as a film, it was very good. Lincoln depiction, however controversial, was well-done in the perspective the movie decided to take, and the president’s struggles, motives and decisions were fleshed-out nicely. Even more, his quotes, personal life, and a haunting dream were all weaved in there, and much of those little scenes make the movie as memorable as the ones actually about the 13th amendment themselves. Lincoln Movie Reflection By gangly