Glory Essay

1625 Words Feb 23rd, 2013 7 Pages
Glory The movie Glory was a wonderful depiction of the group of men involved in the 54th Massachusetts colored regiment. The men of the 54th regiment were part of the first black regiment to serve in the U.S. military and were all volunteers. Lead by twenty-three year old Robert Gould Shaw these men were held a high amount of pride, enthusiasm, and bravery as they willingly fought against all of the racial harshness of the U.S. military system. The men of the 54th regiment put up with stereotypes and unacceptable training conditions - while being consistently being challenged to actually stay in the military and not desert. Glory depicts all of the issues that surrounded the 54th regiments black solders and white captions with amazing …show more content…
While Tripp did volunteer and stay with the 54th regiment throughout the movie- he seemed to be unbelieving in the regiments politics and did not trust his white commanding officers. Using these main characters helps the movie to highlight the roughness of the 54th regiment from a more personal view. It is due to these visual highlights that the movie glory wonderfully captures and engages its viewers to its depiction of its historical story. Glory gives its viewers different depictions of what it was like to be involved in the 54th regiment from a few different main character stand points. My favorite character in the movie Glory was Thomas Searles. Searles stood out to me because of his inspiration to continue to fight in the 54th regiment. Searles was a free black man from the north and was childhood friends with both Shaw and Forbes. Searles was portrayed as being exposed to a status of living compared to the other men of the 54th regiment. He was not only able to read, communicate efficiently, and dressed well - he also claimed to be a freeman and a son of a freeman. Before being the first to sign up for the 54th regiment, Searles was helping with the settlement of freemen association. Throughout Glory Searles was undervalued and unappreciated as a solder due to his lack of experience. However, due to Searles strong beliefs in the cause of the 54th regiment he

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