History of Power and How it Shapes the World

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So long as people have power, so long as people under no circumstances change their attitude, history will be the same and repeat itself over and over. War will always be seen as a venture for peace, be it started through the power of religion, power of kings, or by the powers of countries. In this essay, I would like to make a comment on aspects involved in three movies I have recently seen. These are King Henry VIII, set in the 16th century, Les Miserable, set around the time of the French Revolution, and Good Morning Vietnam which was set during the Vietnam War in 1965. They all depict forces attacking each other. We identify that everyone has a motive, but only in their eyes are they right but for what good? All three films show power can work in many ways. The will of governments, royalty, and religion can not be stopped and those who try to stop them can get hurt.

To begin with, King Henry VIII had the power of an empire trying to change his country. King Henry wanted to get re-married. The powers of religious Rome denied him. We see from the movie that the Roman Catholic Church was very powerful in England.  Henry VIII, powerful as he was, was not happy that he was told he could not do what he wanted. For a man in control of a country, this seemed like lighting the blue touch paper. Henry started to question why his country should allow someone else to have so much power when he had so much power himself.  We find out that he conceived a plan that would not only take care of the divorce but also help in creating England as a sovereign nation state. The power would then be wholly in England’s hands. Henry had the power to change the religion in his country and banish the Catholic Church from England. Rome thought they had the power to tell Henry what to do. Henry, being a religious man, believed he was one down from God. Whatever he did, it was a message from God. This belief in power stretched the imagination to its fullest. Henry started to question why his country should allow someone else to have so much power. If he broke with the Roman Catholic Church he would win many Protestant friends and have more power in England. These two powers clash and as such we end up with Henry VIII having his own church and Catholicism banished from England. Henry VII, in many respects, gave himself more power.

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