Will you take one step backward to charge?

April 30, 2007 12:00am CST
It's really amazing mentally and morally contradicted movie, very difficult to say to decide what action should we make in Leonidas' position, even more in his last stand. Should we charge with a clearly lose result or should we play surrender to attack again someother day?
4 responses
• United States
30 Apr 07
Obviously there are complex issues here, but to directly answer your question I would say that they should have charged in that situation because 1) had they surrendered they would have been killed anyway and 2) they weren't expecting to win, they were charging in order to give the people "back home" more time.
• Indonesia
2 May 07
Hi Matt, as what I understood, Xerxi promised to spare Leonidas' and his 300 best's life as long as they are willing to surrender , but I do agree with your number 2 answer, it's quite logic to give the people back home more time and a very GREAT example for them to fight The Persian Kingdom
• India
3 Sep 08
300 is an absolutely terrific movie. the attitude, the valour the spartans display send a chill down my spine. so much to keep their honour. they challenged and even demured a person who projected himself as god. i think they were bogged down by the wrong priests who just had no respect for these warriors. my personal favorite line in the movie when the king says : SPARTANS NEVER RETREAT!!!!!!!!!!. the greatest sequence when the king as a young lad fights the beast and also , when he kicks the intruder into the well..I THINK IT WOULD BE BETTER TO GET BACK AND FIGHT ANOTHER DAY. THAT IS THE WORD THE BRAIN SAYS, NOT THE HEART. SPARTANS WERE TOO COURAGEOUS TO USE THEIR MINDS..
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• Pakistan
2 May 07
I have seen the movie 300, although i agree with what Leonidas did during the battle and the way he heroically laid don his life for Sparta what i dont agree with is how he treated the Persian emissary! Why did he kill the messenger? it was a custom everywhere in those days not to harm the messengers as they were only bearer of news, they were not fighters or warriors. They were in Sparta,inside Leonaids kingdom, they couldnt have done any harm to him! Apart from this i dont disagree on any aspect of the movie.
• United States
30 Apr 07
All I have to say is. They were Spartans... they were taught to never retreat.