The Patriot historically accurate?
Tarleton’s mounted legion wore green (Fischer. Hackett). Overall. the film did not portray British soldiers accurately, making them seem cruel to an extreme. Additionally, the film got wrong the way in which people during the Revolutionary War saluted one another. The film shows the protagonist, Ben Martin, raising a hand to his forehead. resembling the modern days’ salute. In reality though, during the Revolutionary War. ople saluted by removing their hats and placing them on their heads once again (Hand Salute). This being a small detail but still being worth noticing. Moreover, the film depicts Benjamin Martin inaccurately by making him an honorable, loving father Of seven children who iS only looking for vengeance for both Of his sons’ deaths. The character Sen]arnin Martin iS based on a real life historical figure, Franc’s Marion (Loya, Robert). Francis Marion was an American Revolutionary soldier who fought using guerilla tactics. He disrupted antish line of communication, captured scouting and foraging parties, and intimidated loyalists.
Marion also had nickname, the swamp Fox because he had a tendency of disappearing Into swamps to escape antish troops (Francis Marion). This all sounds exceedingly similar to Benjamin who did the same things and whose nick was the Ghost because he attacked British troops and disappeared and was never seen. In fact an article from the website theguardlan states that “when he wasn’t forging the land ot the tree, It seems that Marion was slaughtering Indians for fun and regularly raping his female slaves. unsurprisingly. The Patriot script elected to gloss wer this aspect of Its protagonist’s life”.
For these reasons the film did not do a good job of portraying Benjamin Martin. If Martin was based on Marion then it was not correct because in no moment in the film does Martin kill an Indian. The relationship between the tilm and the society ot the time in which the tilm was made is that on April 10, 1998, Britain and Ireland made an agreement to end the war. Northern Ireland was ceded by England after the Irish War of Independence ended (Keko, Don). It is probable that the producers of the film were inspired by the Irish War of Independence to make a film about the American War of Independence.
My opinion of the film is that aside from the multiple historical inaccuracies in the film, the film was able to capture the attention of its viewers persistently. Many elements made this an entertaining film. For instance, the visual elements such as the battlefield’s special effects. Also the romance, the faith, the hope, the honor, and the triumph made this a captivating film. This film had a lot of criticism, but people need to face the fact that this is not a historical documentary, and that it is Just entertainment. Yes the film’s setting is in the past, yes the film is about the
Revolutionary War, and yes it deals with history, but that does not automatically make it a documentary. I would definitely recommend this to another student. The film The Patriot is not historically accurate. In fact, it is doubtful if the purpose of the film was to be historically accurate. It is most likely it was for sheer entertainment. Nevertheless, the film did not portray British soldiers, the way people saluted one another and the protagonist Benjamin Martin accurately. For these reasons is why it remains impossible to call it historically accurate. Works Cited Fischer, Hackett. “Hubris, But No History.