Titus Andronicus Essay Research Paper The film — страница 2

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understands that the horses are innocent, but are brought into the battle for no reason whatsoever. This also leads the viewer to question the very soldiers involvement – they are just normal men from all over England who follow their King’s command. When the battle ends, the true devastation is realised. The field of Agincourt is littered with the dead, from both sides, and the viewer cannot help but feel the sadness and loss as the camera moves around the field, revealing slain men, lying in bloodied puddles, lying with sharpened wooden stakes stabbed through their bodies, with blood dribbling form their lifeless mouths. When the sheer number of dead men is shown to the viewer, it makes the war seem even more worthless. Although Henry won France, at what cost? And was it

worth it? Are questions that flow through the viewers’ minds as these images of devastation fill the screen, particularly those of the dead youngsters who stayed with the wagons – those that played no part in the war at all, but where slaughtered nonetheless. When Henry picks up the Boy and carries him over his shoulders towards the wagon, and the music begins, the viewer has a chance to consider what he has seen and is influenced by the backdrop of the bloodied, wet field, filled with dead men. The conclusion he will come to is fairly obvious and this was Branagh’s intention in the way he directed the film – to show what he felt was the ‘true’ nature of war, the futility, the pointlessness and the sheer loss that in the end amounted to nothing.