BraveheartBraveheart is a realistic portrayal of the powerstruggle between England and Scotland. The film starts byshowing William Wallace as a boy, losing his father toEdward the Longshanks, King of England. William Wallaceleaves Scotland with his uncle to live with him. Yearselapse and William Wallace returns to Scotland, the place ofhis birth, to take over his familys farm. Wallace finds hischildhood love, Marin, and marries her secretly. When one ofthe feudal lords kills Marin for striking a guard, Wallacethen begins a revolt against the English.
Wallaces army of Scots march against the Englisharmies time and again. Until William Wallace is captured byRobert the Bruces fathers plan and is sent to London beforeKing Edward the Longshanks. Wallace faces trial for hightreason from which he is found guilty. Wallace is then giventhe choice of confessing or being purified. To show hispatriotism to Scotland Wallace chooses not to confess.Therefore Wallace experiences a slow, painful death as hislast word Freedom still rings in the ears of the audience,as they cut his head off. The last scene in Braveheart isthe battle between the English and Scottish armies where theScots win their freedom.
The theme for Braveheart is betrayal. It is shows allthrough the movie. The Princess Isabelle betrays her husbandand country of marriage by helping and falling in love withWilliam Wallace. Whereas it is the same when Robert theBruce betrays William Wallace by giving his word to unitetheir clans against the English then turns to Edward theLongshanks for a title, land and more money. A final act ofbetrayal is that of father against son.
The act is Robertthe Bruces own father plans against this son and plays apart n getting William Wallace captured for the King.Two of the most interesting characters to analyze isEdward the Longshanks and the Princess of Wales. Edward theLongshanks seems to have no weakness. Though through themovie, in my opinion, I think he has one and that isunderestimating William Wallace and Scotland.
It can also besaid that his strength lays in his ruthlessness. No matterwhat the obstacle Edward was able to surmount it thoughsheer coldness of character. Edward the Longshanksrelationship toward his son is probably the only thing evencomparably compassionate about his persona.
Whereas forinstance if anyone else had been the fool his son is theywould have met death. The Princess of Wales has a turning point in Braveheart. Itis when she meets William Wallace for the first time.Category: Music and Movies