Aly Quintana Blog #10

William Wallace from the movie Braveheart I think is a hero who made great sacrifices, including sacrificing his life, for the people of Scotland to have their freedom. Leonidas from the movie 300 reminds me very much of William Wallace. Leonidas dies fighting in a war against the Persians for his people of Sparta. Both of these heroes died with pride and stood for what they believed in when they were about to meet their death. At the end when William Wallace was brought before the English to be tortured and then decapitated, he stood by his beliefs and nothing else mattered. He was willing to sacrifice his life for freedom and was not even scared to die. Leonidas was very much similar to William Wallace when he made his sacrifices. He was not afraid to die for the freedom of his people. Something that Leonidas has to sacrifice that William Wallace did not was family. Leonidas had to leave his wife and little boy to go fight in the war against the Persians. Leonidas at the end is given two options. He has to either concede defeat and they can walk away or die fighting. Leonidas chooses to die fighting because he has too much pride to admit defeat and go home. That is his hamartia. He chooses war and sacrifices his family and his life. William Wallace and Leonidas are both great heroes that have had to make great sacrifices to accomplish great deeds.

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  1. Posted January 20, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    I agree, both were great warriors that in the end, died fighting and didn’t give up easily. They both had a goal and their only mindset was to achieve it or die trying and there was no other option. Good post

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  2. Posted January 20, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    I liked you analysis a lot, their similarities were very parallel and you really linked them together well. Their deaths were necessary for them to achieve the greater good and they both were willing to make the sacrifice.

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  3. Posted January 22, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    totally agree that both are great warriors that faught for what they believed in and wouldnt never bow down.

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