March 3, 2015
Situation Diagnosis – Maximus and the Gladiators
“Together we can face any challenges as deep as the ocean and as high as the sky” (Gandhi, n.d.)
So often in life are we caught up in advancing our own personal gains that we forget about the importance of working in a team to attain true success. The above quote from Gandhi communicates the true importance of sticking together with others and working “as one” in order to reach the best possible result. When we find ourselves caught in a troubling situation, many of us naturally fend for ourselves and forget to use the resources around us to help us work together to get out of it. It often takes the actions or words of one person to spring everyone else to life and to realize that by working as one, any opponent that comes against them will have a much harder time. I believe that there are few greater examples of this trait than in the movie Gladiator, where General Maximus convinces a random group of fellow gladiators to fight together to stay alive. These men knew that they would eventually die if they kept fighting time and time again inside the arena, but Maximus gives them the courage to fight with passion and with a thirst to live another day. Through helping his fellow gladiators understand the gratitude of their situation, and giving them the enthusiasm to fight through his effective communication, Maximus was able to lead these men to victory over an originally advantageous opponent. His loyalty to these men, as well as the passion he emplaced into them, gave them the will to keep fighting in a helpless situation.
In the movie Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott, Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius is murdered by his son, Commodus, in a thirst for power over Rome. Commodus, jealous of his father’s love towards his best general Maximus, enslaves Maximus and forces him to fight in the gladiatorial...