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Michael Collins

Michael Collins is a movie about the Irish patriot, a radical supporter of political and social revolution who passed on in Irish civil war while in the mission of ending the war. It was written and directed by Neil Jordan and it was produced by Stephen Woolley. (Jordan, 1970)The main characters in this movie include: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Alan Rickman and Julia Roberts. This movie is based on a true story about the fight of Irish people over liberation from British. The movie gives a clear outline of Michael Collins’ effort to attain peace for the Irish people and that is why he eventually gave up his life. Although he organised assassination squads and threatening to punish people who liased with British by death without trying them, Michael Collins is not villain because he was trying to find peace for his people. He was doing this just as a way of showing patriotism. He is a patriot since he potrayed the love for his country by involving himself fully in achievement of peace to a point of giving up his life at the expense of his loved one Kitty. (Jordan, 1970)

Michael Collins showed patriotism when he was realeased from prison after he was arrested together with de Valera and Boland. Collins started to order armory supplies and ordered the recruitment of assassination squad so as to effectively attack British on his mission to attain liberation from them. He joined an illegal group that is, the Dail which was aimed at attaining peace for the Irish people. In addition, he suffered a lot in the process of his mission.  For instance, he escaped death narrowly when he was almost gunned down during his rally and the fact that he was attacked by Royal Irish Constabulary and received a thorough beating. (Jordan, 1970). Collins reached out to da Valera requesting for peace conference and he was very determined that he never gave up even after the death of Boland. It is beyond doubt that Micheal collins had greater affection for his country since he eventually surrendered himself to British army and was finally shot to death hoping that some day his people will live in peace.

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Collins’ model of political violence was more consistent with Che Guevara since they used the same tactics to fight against criminals for example, Michael Collins had an assasination squad and on the other hand Che Guevara had a firing squad which both led to killing of people. Additionally, they both used a guerrilla which involves civilians who are armed and it is based on hiding and lying awaiting to attack people by surprise.Guerrilla warfare are very efficient as they terrorise a large number of people especially the ones that are less mobilised. Furthermore, Collins and Che Guevara were cruel disciplinarians; Collins took away lives of several officers using his assassination squads while Che Guervara shot mercilessly the traitors,  all those who were noted to have substandard behaviours and had organised a suicide squad to attack their enemies. Michael Collins and Che Guervara had a death penalty for all those people who were found to be traitors. (Jordan, 1970)

Michael collins and Che Guevara were daring and had a good capacity to reason well in matters concerning war and violence; these were good traits in their mission to conquer their enemies. Despite of all the rough patches Collins went through, he still persisted and dared to fight for peace for his people. Collins was able to mobilise people to vote for the Anglo-Irish treaty despite the disapproval by de Valera, Boland and their supporters.Collins also led in the battle to eliminate the anti treaty group whereby he fought and killed a couple of people not even sparing his former collegues.  On the other hand, Che Guevara headed a new column of fighters who killed intentionally and without delay in destruction of the attacking forces. In this case we find that both of them were brutal, harsh and ruthless. These characters appear to be inborn since the parents of both Michael Collins and Che Guevara had noticed them when they were children.Michael was noticed to be easily irritated and on the other hand Che Guevara’s father noticed that he had a blood of a radical. In addition to the struggle, there is a general realization that both Michael Collins and Che Guevara were involved in opposing the government policies. They both involved themselves in guerrilla warfare, where they ensnared government forces and in most instances they managed to terrorise and kill so many government officials.

Michael Collins was a person who showed great and genuine affection for his country because in this movie it is clear that he was not afraid of fighting for his country’s liberation from the British, even if it cost his life or even losing the woman he loved Kitty. He always put matters regarding his nation first. Although he did not manage to take back the Irish republic from the negotiations he attended, he still had great hope of the achievement of his mission. Michael Collins was temperamental and showed love for his country ever since he was a small child. He was able to relate well with people and that is why he managed to mobilise them to vote for Anglo Irish Treaty which aimed at restoration of peace among the Irish people. In addition to that, Michael Collins was very intelligent in his organisation of tactics in war such as guerrilla warfare and imposing threats to people so as to prevent them from liasing with British. The venture that Michael Collins engaged in were unconventional since they involved having some of his collegues killed such as Boland, though this happened in his mission to obtain peace for his people. Though eventually Michael Collins did not accomplish his mission, he died hoping that his people will still get peace one day.