Sunday, 17 February 2013

David and Goliath - The Underdog.

 Uneven battles

I am reminded by the FA Cup Competition that has been taking place this weekend, of unequal battles and the importance and power of the underdog. It is a situation that can be very useful, even inspirational, in writing. There are countless situations in life, whether it is the single person against a huge company or a team from a lower league against Premier League superstars on silly salaries, that inspire fervour in the onlookers. It must be partly down to human nature that in these situations the general population seems to root for the underdog.
In the Steele novels Patrick is often alone fighting against the odds and I hope that is one aspect of those stories that attracts the readers. The construction of such inferior v. superior situations must be realistic in one respect but by their nature they are rather far fetched. I suppose if a writer is struggling with a story line then the creation of an unequal fight may spur you on.

One of my favourite films from years ago was Zulu. I liked it for the nature of the outcome but also for the musical nature of the film. There were also a few highly amusing clips as well as the fact that it was based on truth.

Rorke's Drift

The Battle of Rorke's Drift, also known as the Defence of Rorke's Drift, was a battle in the Anglo-Zulu War. The defence of the mission station of Rorke's Drift, under the command of Lieutenant John Chard of the Royal Engineers, immediately followed the British Army's defeat at the Battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879, and continued into the following day, 23 January.
Just over 150 British and colonial troops successfully defended the garrison against an intense assault by 3,000 to 4,000 Zulu warriors. The massive, but piecemeal, Zulu attacks on Rorke's Drift came very close to defeating the tiny garrison but were ultimately repelled. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded to the defenders, along with a number of other decorations and honours.

Long live the underdog!

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