Comparing The Film 300 : Rise Of An Empire Essay

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The Film 300: Rise of an Empire documents the second Persian invasion of Greece during the 5th century B.C.E. The films depiction is based in the oiled-up, masculine, proud chested fashion that only the 300 series could create. But unlike the 2007 prequel 300; Rise of an Empire includes themes not touched by the predecessor. A big theme evident in the movie is the implementation of not only one, but two commanding women. These characters are Artemisia, Greek born commander of the Persian fleet, and Queen Gorgo of Sparta, wife of the late Leonidas and ruler of Sparta. These two women support two conflicting sides throughout the entirety of the movie, but are connected through a peculiar reason. The connection between these two women is based on their identities altering their gender roles. Before we discuss the personal identities of these two commanding women characters let us first look at the plot of 300: Rise of an Empire. The film begins with the Greeks repulsing a Persian expeditionary force at the battle of Marathon. At the end of the battle Themistocles, commander of the Athenian forces, kills the Persian king Darius. This single act guaranteed the return of the Persians 10 years later. But during those 10 years many things began to formulate in Persia, through the manipulation of Artemisia Xerxes, Darius’ son, became a God King and pledged ultimate revenge and destruction of Athens. Fast-forward 10 years and the Persians navy, headed by Artemisia, begins to…

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