Mandela Long Walk To Freedom Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… The prejudice law and its enforcers act as the “villains”; however, when it comes down to determining the “heroes”, a strange plot twist occurs. Nelson Mandela- who the audience would expect to be the hero- doesn’t first come across as the expected “holy man” who believes that violence is not the way. In fact, Mandela did not adopt his peaceful ways until towards the end of the movie. Mandela’s ordinarily human qualities make his role in the abolishment of apartheid all the more impressive and inspiring. Overall, the constant butting-of-heads that occurs between the so-called “heroes” and “villains” represents the injustice that occurred during the apartheid period. The film obviously appeals to more political and military views than anything else. Mandela starts out the movie as a lawyer albeit an unsuccessful one. His failure is due to the injustice in that occurs in the courtroom. Although promised a fair trial, the Black citizens are presumed guilty from the start no matter if the evidence and points raised during the trial suggest otherwise. This is best displayed at the beginning of the movie where Mandela is shown trying to defend a Black maid against robbery charges. Even though Mandela speaks to the Caucasian homeowner in a normal tone, the woman insists that he is being …show more content…
As Mandela works through protests and rallies, the people grow close to him and even coin a nickname for him: Madiba. This touches the hearts of the audience because it shows how their adversities drew them together. After scenes of protests that quickly became mass killings, the camera pans to display the bodies of those who died trying to stand up for what they believed in. This includes the bodies of innocent children. During fight scenes, there are montages of adults and children being brutally killed. The police is shown arriving at Winnie’s home and tearing her away from her life and 2 young daughters to be incarcerated. As Winnie is being placed in the car, Mandela’s 2 daughters are shown looking hopeless and desperate for their mother. Through all of this, the film also helps the audience get its facts straight. Right before an important event that had a substantial effect on apartheid, the date of the event will appear on the screen. After his 27 years of incarceration, an overwhelming amount of people gather to help welcome him home. The film itself persuades the idea that unlike most martyrs for change, Mandela was only interested in peace and only resorted to violence when the peaceful protests saw no results and actually made things …show more content…
The Black citizens saw that the political system was getting worse and they decided to take action. Leaders like Winnie and Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada, Raymond Mhlaba, Andrew Mlangeni, Govan Mbeki, and Elias Motsoaledi paved the way for the changes that occurred during the apartheid period. Even while Nelson Mandela and the other leaders of the A.N.C. were incarcerated, they continued to have an impression on the Black citizens of South Africa. This is best shown as Mandela is shown constantly working to hold his tongue when his oppressors make fun of him, his family, and his efforts. It was the actions of these people that led to the ultimate end of apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela as South Africa’s first Black

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