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"Breaker Morant Builds A Convincing Argument That It Is Those At The Top Of The War Hierarchy That Are Truly Guilty, And Not The Lowly Soldiers Who Carry Out Orders." Discuss

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Throughout the course of the film of Breaker Morant, a convincing argument builds that those who are at the top of the war hierarchy are the truly guilty ones as opposed to the common soldiers who simply follow orders. The film shows this through the court trials, as J.F. Thomas repeatedly stresses that Harry Morant, along with Hancock and Witton, were simply following orders from Lord Kitchener. We has also shown the conditions that the Bushvelt carabineer's were in juxtaposed by the situation of the British high class officers, and the guilt that they truly posses. War has been familiarized by people all around the world, and it is well known that soldiers follow orders from higher class officers. It is military ...view middle of the document...

He consults with his colleagues about sacrificing the three Australian soldiers for shooting the prisoners, as they had neither the facilities nor the supplies to keep prisoners. Lord Kitchener thus gave the order to Captain Hunt not to keep prisoners, but to shoot them, Lord Kitchener was aware of this, and thus it is he himself who gave out the orders to shoot prisoners, Breaker Morant was merely following these same orders, shooting the Boer wearing British Khaki, and yet he was placed on trial along with Witton and Hancock. We see Thomas repeatedly stress this point through the course of the court trial, that the orders were given down from higher class officers, and that the three Australians were obeying these orders. Each time we see Lord Kitchener we are shown a glorious white mansion, and within, high class furniture, as well as the people acting sophisticated and elegant. We see these men in their comfortable environment tossing away orders, looking as if they had never tasted the bitterness of war. As Col. Ian Hamilton and Lord Kitchener have their talk, we are revealed to their true guilt. We see that orders were given down by Kitchener, and that he is the one truly guilty for these crimes. He adopts the Utilitarian point of view as he states that he is willing to sacrifice the tree BushVelt Carabineer's, Harry Morant, George Witton and Peter Hancock for the greater good of the British Empire. In conclusion, through the scenes of Lord Kitchener and the compassionate spirit through the course of the trial, it is evident that higher class military officers are the ones truly responsible for the military crime, and they are the ones who are truly guilty, as opposed to the lowly soldiers who simply follow orders.

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