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Patriot Cultural Assignment "The Patriot" is an excellent movie. It may very well be one of the most exciting and moving war-drama movies of all time. There are very few films today that even come close to touching upon the American Revolution, which is why "The Patriot" is of such importance. Nonetheless, during the film the actual American Revolution takes a back seat and allows the center of the story to revolve around Benjamin Martin (played by Mel Gibson) and his South Carolina family. Some examples of this would be the focus on Benjamin's eldest son Gabriel and how he goes against his father's wishes. As well as Gabriel, the film focuses on Benjamin and what actions he takes and why. Aside from the focus on the Martin family, there was inaccuracy at times about the American Revolutionary War itself.

"The Patriot" should have been more focused on the actual American Revolution than on the story line concerning Benjamin Martin and his family.

Instead of doing this, the movie focuses on Benjamin's eldest son Gabriel who was eager to get in on the action, and signs up with the rebel forces against his father's wishes just minutes after South Carolina joins the fight against the British. As the focus on Gabriel continues, he soon romances a local girl in a small town he passes through. He later falls in love with the girl and they begin writing to each other while he is away. When Gabriel returns to the town he has found out that everyone had been burned alive inside the church under the order of the evil British General Cornwallis. This fuels the fire for Gabriel and makes him more determined to fight and seek revenge.

After the focus is off of Gabriel it is shifted to Benjamin.