General George Patton Character Analysis

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The 1970 film entitled Patton displays General George S. Patton’s attitude and beliefs through an array of symbols, visuals, and dialogue. Franklin Schaffner, director of Patton, combines these symbols, visuals, and dialogue to emphasize Patton’s character and Patton’s core belief that all glory is fleeting. By analyzing the last scene of the film, Patton’s character and beliefs echo the symbols displayed throughout the entire film. Patton displayed unique character through his style of commanding armies and personal beliefs. Patton showed unsympathetic actions to his soldiers on and off the field of war. On hospital visit, Patton talked to a wounded soldier and supposedly slapped the soldier for expressing a desire not to die on the field of battle. Patton possessed a relentless attitude war as he stood on a tank to lead his army to battle. Personally, Patton believed in reincarnation. Moreover, Patton believed that he was Alexander the Great in a previous life (first wedsite). These patterns of Patton’s character receive symbolic meaning throughout the final scenes in Patton. The last image of the movie consists of large windmill in a grassy field with mountains scenery in the background. Patton appears walking a dog into the grassy field. Additionally, a narrator tells the …show more content…
The narration warns that conquers enjoy the honor of triumph, but all glory is fleeting. The narration adds a feeling of helpless and despair as Patton walks the dog into the distance. After being dismissed from the army and months of away from death, the Patton’s glory fleets as he walks into the distance. Patton accomplished unprecedented military feats and remains a prestigious military commander to this day. However, all glory fleets, and Patton must accomplish greater feats to retain the feeling of