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William Wallace Joan of Arc George Armstrong Custer and the list goes on of the people or groups of people who have had historical films made about them and their accomplishments or blunders Many of these films have different areas in which they indirectly comment on every aspect of life from the roles of women to a particular look at social class The idea that film is a medium in which a director can comment on the ills of society has been around since the first motion picture was made The problem with this fact is that directors and producers often change the historical facts and even the attitudes of the characters in order stimulate public interest through the striking of some common chord that the public feels strongly about The story of the life of William Wallace in the movie Braveheart while historically fairly accurate in the depictions of the battles while leaving out many important fact in regard to relations on what is now the United Kingdom In addition to deleting information about the relations between England and Scotland the writers of the Braveheart script added some plot twists that have almost no historical backing The events that have no historical foundation were most likely added to make the story more appealing to the audience or to comment on a current social trend Specific trends that are commented on in the tale of the Scottish hero William Wallace are the changing place of women in our day the rapid growth of nationalism and the tendency of man to act in his own best interests In addition to the comments made on society those involved in the making of the movie Braveheart purposely deleted events with historical significance in order to make the character William Wallace an infallible hero of the Scottish people instead of portraying the whole truth about his life and times Individuals in the movie business have shown disregard for historical
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