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America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. – Abraham Lincoln 1 The above quote clearly serves as proof of Abraham Lincoln’s clear visionary train of thought and indirectly highlights his self-confidence and stubborn willingness to pull through with his plan for the sake of the future of the United States, in spite of having to deal with massive sacrifices. These are few of many characteristic traits of Abraham Lincoln which made him one of the most influential, and at the same time one of the most discussed presidents, in the history of the United States. Several of his historic achievements have severely changed the United States’ status quo. His noteworthy achievements have made him a world-renowned character. This can be underpinned by the continuous high interest of the film industry and the media. The recently launched and latest movie “Lincoln”, an award winning movie by Steven Spielberg, is one of many examples. It is based on Kearns Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals - The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln”. The following paper will focus on Abraham Lincoln’s re-imagination in the movie “Lincoln” and analyze Steven Spielberg’s vision of Abraham Lincoln, combined with an analysis of movie reviews and the media’s critics. I will start off with a brief review of Abraham Lincoln‘s life and more importantly, touch on the milestones of his presidency which made him one of the most important and influential presidents in the history of the United States. In addition, essential emphasis will be put on Steven Spielberg’s movie “Lincoln”, which was released in 2012. Within this, I will analyze the evoked images of President Lincoln in the movie, by pointing out crucial scenes. The main focus will lie on Lincoln’s characteristic traits and on how these have been depicted in Spielberg’s images of President Lincoln. Hereby Lincoln’s skills will be clustered into personal and leadership skills. This will be followed by the media’s analysis of the people’s change of interest in the 16th President of the United States and politics in general. The succeeding focus will lay on the media’s interpretation of Spielberg’s evoked images of Abraham Lincoln, ranging from positive to negative criticism. Besides other scientific and personal research methods, the main analysis is based on the media’s perception of the movie “Lincoln”, in which most notably the quality and partially the quantity of selected newspaper’s movie reviews and movie critics will be evaluated. Finally, this paper will be rounded off with an in-depth conclusion. 2. Abraham Lincoln – one of the most influential and well- known presidents in the history of the United States
Abraham Lincoln, born on February 12th, 1809, was the 16th President of the United States. He was brought up under modest circumstances, having experienced several tragedies in his young life. His father moved away from Kentucky to Indiana when he was eight years old and only two years later this was followed by the death of his mother. Despite his difficult circumstances he had an in-depth eagerness to attain knowledge in the field of law, ultimately making him an exceptional noteworthy attorney. Later on he operated as the President of the United States from 1861 to 1865, the year in which he was assassinated2. Several achievements during Lincoln’s presidency made him one of the most influential, exceptional and popular presidents of American history. In 1861, President Lincoln decided to start the civil war, respectively to enter the war, in order to prevent the nation from falling apart. This was due to the fact, that he believed this would prevent the nation from falling apart, as to be seen in the introductory quote of this paper. Furthermore, he successfully prevented the involvement of other major nations trying to prevent the war. However, the...
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