In the movie Braveheart, Mel Gibson played Wallace, a Scottish man fighting to free Scotland from English rule. The King of England, Longshanks, hated Wallace. English soldiers finally captured Wallace, and brought him to the king’s courtyard. There, an executioner tortured Wallace, telling him that if he begged for mercy the king would make his death quick. The point was not just to kill him, but to break him. As this occurred, Longshanks was on his own death bed – waiting to hear that his hated enemy had crumbled. At first, Wallace held firm. But as the torture progressed, he seemingly began to break. Finally, he seemed like he was willing to beg. Unfortunately, his throat had been damaged in the torture, and he couldn’t speak very loud. The executioner silenced the crowd so he could hear Wallace beg. But instead of begging for mercy, Wallace summoned the strength to scream out one final word: FREEDOM!