Brave Heart is a 1995 American epic war film which was nominated for many awards during the 1995 Oscar season.It tells a story about Scottish hero William Wallace who led the uprising to fight against England’s cruel rule.
The story happened in the 13th century,the late Middle Age of Europe.At that time,Scotland’s king died in 1286 ,followed by the successor’s death.Then Edward I of England was asked to arbitrate and identify who could get the crown.Later,the king John was deposed by Edward for some historical reasons and Scotland was under the control of Edward.His rule was so cruel that people exploited and slaved by him in Scotland had an extremely miserable life.He even restored the rule that new bride should contribute their first night to the lord in this land.On this occasion,William Wallace emerged as the principal leader of the wars of Scottish Independence(1296--1328). He led the Battle of Stirling Bridge and the Battle of Falkirk .Robert Bruce,an Earl finally became crowned king and he battled to restore Scottish Independence for over 20 years.Victory at the Battle of Bannockbum in 1314 proved the Scots had regained control of their kingdom.
The key word throughout this movie is Freedom.The protagonist Wallace devoted himself to war against England because of freedom,and in the end he cried out freedom before death penalty.What is the freedom he had been pursuing ?May be it is both nation’s freedom and individual freedom,which means independence and getting rid of other nation’s slavery.Between the freedom and life,many people choose to be slaves just like thosenobility in the movie,who choose to accept Edward’s rewards,such as position and fortune rather than dignity and freedom.Just like Wallace once said”Many people dies,not every man really lives.”Why does freedom so matter?No man wants war,blood and death,so did Wallace.But the question is that you can’t get real happiness under the control of others ,and as a result,you can’t livea peaceful life and protect your lover.After all,It’s all for nothing if you don’t have freedom.That’s why Wallace chose to rebel.In my opinion,freedom is the basis of all the other values.Also,we should bear in mind that freedom can never be given by others and we can’t get itwithout any pain.Instead,we must struggle for it even sacrifice life .Wallace is indeed a brave hero.Although hislast battle failed , his bravery set a good example for Scottish . The echoes of his call for freedom was always reverberate on every inch of this land and in all hearts of Scottish people.