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Review The Movie The Bufallo Soldiers By Tom Willard (1997) (Movie Review Sample)
Review the movie " The bufallo soldiers" by Tom Willard (1997).source..
The “Buffalo Soldier” Review
The “Buffalo Soldiers” Review
"Buffalo Soldiers” is a fictional book by Tom Willard tells the story of brave African American soldiers who devoted their lives to defend American interest. The book is one of the many fictional and historical books by Willard in his Black sabre Chronicles. In the introduction of “Buffalo Soldiers," Willard narrates the life of Augustus Sharp who survived death from buffalo stampede in 1866 and later survived slavery from the white masters (Willard, 1997, p.5). The Buffalo soldiers was a symbol used by Willard to represent the black African-American, who were a mix of freemen and former slave who joined the U.S cavalry army to fight the insurgent Indians, the evils of racism and extremism, Mexican criminals, and improve weather conditions.
Willard uses Augustus as his protagonist who earns respect among the buffalo soldiers. Augustus, he befriended by Indian enemies who accords him mutual respect. Augustus gets the respect from the Indians because of his dedicated and distinctive service in the cavalry army for thirty years where he even wins the respect of his fellow black soldiers, white master and gets administrative promotions (p. 56). In this light, Willard tries to show that regardless of the suffering that Augustus went through in the hands of the slave masters, he still could dedicate his life to his country and countrymen. Indeed it is ironical, that the blacks who were persecuted by the white slave masters could join the US cavalry army to fight and defend the country. I find the irony more interesting and insightful as it leaves me with one fundamental question; what motivated the African American to devote themselves to defending and protecting the white settlers who had tormented them?
The more the reader seek to answer the above question, the more the reader get interested in reading the book even more. True, the use of irony here is to keep the reader reading the book to understand what happened next. Willard tells of the life of Augustus and his wife Selona who goes through the life of hardship full of sacrifices while try to be good parents to their two sons amidst the hostile western frontier (p.387). It is interesting when Willard tells of how the buffalo soldiers endured the pains of the chilly Kansas plains, the hostile Texas desert conditions, and the mountainous terrain of New Mexico and Arizona (pp. 10-298). As a reader, I am taken aback to realize that the effort put by the buffalo soldiers to defend their country went unrecognized by the white settlers whose interest they were defending. The soldier is completely unnoticed let alone being appreciated for their effort.
The author wanted the reader to empathize with the buffalo soldiers and remember their contributions in the American redemption wars. For example, he portrays the white settlers as resentment the buffalo soldiers despite the continued fight against the rival Indiana and Mexicans. Opposite to what one would expect, the white settlers do not appreciate the buffalo soldiers for what they did to them. In fact, in a twist of events, Willard gives a remorseful presentation of unappreciative white settlers who never respect the African American soldier who helps American during the war. Ideally, if the Buffalo soldiers fought Indians, and the taunt, the white settler could have been humane enough to respect them and honor their effort. But Willard’s indication of the white’s prejudice tells of the how deeply racism was rooted in American during the 1869 period. For example, after a successful battle, Augustus suffers prejudice, hatred from the Texas Rangers and get threats from the Ku Klux Klan (p.256). The story of Augustus’s life and the suffering Augustus goes through in the hands of the white settlers even after defending them, leaves one begging for more answers on what kind of relationship existed between blacks and whites. Further, the life and suffering of Augustus reveal contemptuous...
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