Topics: Nelson Mandela, Matt Damon, Clint Eastwood Pages: 2 (325 words) Published: February 24, 2011
an essay about the film by Clint Eastwood.

Your essay should include:

A brief statement about the historical background:
Apartheid, de Klerk, ANC, Nelson Mandela and Robben Island.

An account of
the symbolism of the first scene of the film
the significance of the rugby team Springboks as defined by Nelson Mandela the development of the relations among the bodyguards
the political attitude of the team captain’s family
Brenda’s function
Zindzi’s function
the relationship between the team captain and the president the rugby players’ attitude to the African national anthem

A detailed description of the finals, including both what happens in the rugby field AND the parallel stories that are being told .

A concluding comment on the poem and the title of the film.


“Rugby is a game for hooligans, played by gentlemen, soccer is a game for gentlemen played by hooligans” (or is it the other way round?)

The movie Invictus taught a lesson of reconciliation, forgiveness, and unity. It was mainly based on one of many Nelson Mandela achievements which was to unite South Africa with the game of Rugby.   Invictus took place in 1995, when South Africa was divided into black ands whites. Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years and was elected as the first black President of South Africa. Mandela who was played by Morgan Freeman join forces with Pienaar; Matt Damon’s character, who was also the captain of South Africa’s rugby team; Springboks. The both of them worked together   to try and win the World Cup championship and inspire South Africa, even when Pienaar was faced with much backlash from his team and family. Many of the whites in this movie and as well as those black supporters of Mandela, expected that Mandela as President would be an excellent outlet for revenge for those who were brutalized,...
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