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Comparing and Contrasting The Lives of a Bengal Lancer and Stanley and Livingstone In the British Empire films The Lives of a Bengal Lancer and Stanley and Livingstone the focus of the films is what makes a person a hero What characteristics should the person have what does the person have to endure and how do they become heroes These are questions that both films ask and answer throughout the course of the motion picture Each film represents heroism in a different way In the film Stanley and Livingstone the main character Henry Morton Stanley goes on a journey to find the lost Doctor David Livingstone but what Stanley really finds on his journey to Africa is what heroism really is Or at least what this movie says heroism is The main requirement that this film stresses to be important in a hero is selflessness as well as courage bravery strength and knowledge This selflessness is a trait that Henry Morton Stanley admires greatly in the good Dr David Livingstone This is evident when Stanley meets the doctor for the first time and is surprised to find that he is not lost nor captured but he is willingly living in this jungle and helping these people There are a lot of reaction shots of Spencer Traceys character Stanley which show him admiring Dr Livingstone Stanley develops a great admiration for the doctor and because of the doctors selflessness he begins to take on a heroic quality throughout the film There are many scenes where Stanley can be seen showing his admiration for Dr Livingstone through the reaction shots One such scene is when Dr Livingstone is removing a spine from a child Then as the film progresses it is Stanley who is faced with whether or not to be selfish and he decides as the doctor had and also becomes a heroic character The brutality of the African jungle also helps
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