The Movie ' Invictus ' Essay

1580 Words Feb 11th, 2015 7 Pages
Invictus: Is it Hollywood or is it History? Why do people go to the theatre? Is it that they want to be entertained or do they want to learn something about what happened in real life? Invictus, for example, is about the life of Nelson Mandela, the great political leader and president of South Africa. But, how much fact is actually in the movie? In this paper, I will prove that the film, Invictus, was historically accurate by discussing the true historical people and events, summarizing the movie, and comparing and contrasting how the movie portrayed the real people and events.

In order to learn about Mandela and his life, we’ll have to go back in time to learn about his past. Before apartheid was a real problem in South Africa, many of the white people that had moved there had mainly been Dutch or Portuguese. The Dutch then developed a new type of language called Afrikaans, and began to refer to themselves as Afrikaners or Boers. Soon after though, the British began to travel there. The British gained power over the Dutch, and so the Dutch rose and what began was to be called the Boer War. The Boer War started in 1899 and ended in 1902, with the British winning control over several other colonies. Even though the apartheid laws were not put into the South African gov. until 1948, many steps built the foundation for it. Many laws were passed that took away the rights of non-whites. In 1948, the National Party took down the elections, winning votes every time.…

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