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Patriotism, martyrdom, crock of bull.

I think that it is very interesting that the “brave” Texans were portrayed as poor, pitiful, oppressed by predominance of Santa Anna followers at the beginning of the film, and THEN suddenly they are these patriotic people who just want their independence and the martyrs are glorified.  The Texans are furry, I suppose to seem rugged?  It is also very interesting that the Mexicans were portrayed as malicious, vulgar, villains that are provoking Americans just for the heck of it.  I have a feeling that actual history does not show that they were doing it just because they were mean, obnoxious, demoralized Mexicans.  I also have a feeling that this imposed sense of martyrdom is affected by this.  So, were the intentions of this movie to realistically portray history? That is to say, was the intention for the audience to think it realistic?  Why would history be shown in this “version” if it never played out that way?  The patriotism of the Texans is manipulated and the martyrdom is quite dramatically performed in the film.  For instance, when the caption read something to the effect of “evenBowie, after being seriously injured, was brave enough to join” and he is being propped up by a couple of people and suddenly he decides ‘no! I am such a brave martyr; I will walk myself across the line into battle!’ and pushes the helping hands away to wobble over to the rest of the army sooo dramatically.  Santa Anna is mostly an unseen character, seen only a few times in the beginning sitting in the same chair making faces to look like a buffoon.  Later, he is seen a couple of more times leading up to his capture being portrayed as a drug and sex addicted coward who hides in the bushes.

I wonder, did people actually receive these imposed perceptions around the time of the movie? Or even well after that?  What does this say about retelling history or a story in such a fabricated way?  Personally I think it can damage how people look at, treat, and use history.

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