In today’s culture movies are a pig part of everyday lives. If you are an equine enthusiast like me, then you have probably already seen the movie War Horse by Steven Spielberg. This time watching it, I paid more attention to the beginning of the movie where they focus on the lives of the farmers. In the beginning of the movie the poor farmer went to an auction and bought a horse to help plow his field. The importance of getting the horse was to help make farming easier on the old father. While the wife was furious because they could not afford the horse, the son kept him and trained the horse to plow. The farmers lived simply and did not have much. After reading the hierarchy of farming, I would consider them sharecroppers since someone else owns their house and the land. If the farmers did not have crop for that season they could lose the house. After a horrible storm the crops that were already planted were ruined. While the mother lost all hope, the father and son kept their faith. Since they couldn’t plant again in the same field they turned to a challenge of clearing a field with giant rocks. With the determination and hard work of both the horse and the son, they were able to accomplish the task.
After watching this movie it really put into perspective what goes into farming. It truly is not a simple task and anything can make or break the season. In the movie the rain was the reason they had to start all over. The soil was soaked and roots had not taken a hold of the ground. Farmer’s whole lives revolve around the production of crop for the entire year, without it they could lose everything. Even on the worst days these hard working people keep up their faith and see how everything goes. This movie showed what farmers might go through on an everyday basis. Other than the loss of crops the movie also gave me an idea of what challenges farmers need to overcome and the fears that they may have. During this time it was World War I, in Germany, where there was a lot of changes and most of the money and men were going towards the war. I can not even imagine living as a farmer during that time.