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Prof. W.M. Sarf
Term Paper: Glory 1989
Glory was a film directed by Edward Zwick. The movie showed the first full black regiment under the command of historic hero of the Federal Union Army, Robert Gould Shaw, from how it was created and how it achieved fame. The setting of the film is the beginning of the Civil War in 1862. Robert Gould Shaw twenty three years old is a son of a wealthy Boston Abolitionist. Shaw registered to fight for the Federal government during the Civil War. Shaw would write letters frequently back to his family in Massachusetts telling he’s stories in the Union Army, just like everyone else at that time period (Gooding). He’s original copies of the letters are now carefully kept in the Harvard University Library of Massachusetts, he’s birth place and where he grew up. In the film, Robert Gould Shaw was played by Matthew Broderick. His two best friends that grew up with him are, Cabot Forbes and Thomas Searles, whom were acted by Cary Elwes and Andre Braugher. Two other main characters of the film were a trouble maker Pvt. Trip acted by Denzel Washington and an inspirational black man John Rawlins casted by Morgan Freeman. The movie started with the battle at Antietam Creek Maryland in September 17, 1862. This was the first battle Shaw served as a Captain leading about a hundred men. He was pretty proud of himself and his men until they reached the battlefield. Shaw like the rest of his men was much to be unprepared for the battle. Right after the battle started, Shaw and most of his men were terrified by the gunfire, many were shot dead and rest retreated with terror. Shaw got scared and lied next to a dead Union soldier’s body. Quickly he felt asleep. When he was waked up by a field sweeper, John Rawlins, did he found out that the battle has already advanced and he had been sleeping for hours. Of course he had lost the battle for the northern Federal government. To me, I really think the type of warfare that is...
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