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Steven Spielberg's Lincoln Movie Analysis

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Lincoln Movie Critique

Steven Spielberg's Lincoln gives way to an experience released like no other as you walk side by side in the steps of President Abraham Lincoln. As a practical and down-to-earth man from Kentucky. Lincoln’s childhood is shown going from Kentucky to Indiana and Illinois. With less than an year of formal education, he read a lot to fill the void caused by minimal education. The man had great intelligence and knowledge of human nature helping with him to reach presidency and his performance in the job. The actor, Daniel Day-Lewis, played the president perfectly as a tall man with graying black hair, and slightly sagging cheeks. There could be no other man better for this role.

The story recurs among the final months of Lincoln’s life with surrender of the C.S.A. and his assassination. This film pays more closely the detail of politics than any other in its age. Historical facts shown through the movie gave the view of Lincoln believing that slavery was immoral. He intended the 13th Amendment as the killing blade in cutting away the financial foundations of the South. This was depicted accurately and soundly through the movie, but should be known that Lincoln’s primary goal in the War was to preserve the Union. The amendments passage was guided by his secretary of state, William Seward, and the most powerful abolitionist in the House depicted in the movie, Thaddeus Stevens. The film portrays these events accurately and nicely and guides through behind the 13th Amendment. There were the less than morally right acts of Lincoln shown in the movie as he did buy political votes and wasn’t even reluctant to employ the low-handed tactics of his chief negotiators.

Along with these public depictions, his personal life was given nicely and meaningfully. His wife Mary Todd Lincoln is shown perfectly with the worries of a mother and a wife. One son was



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