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I recently managed to watch the film ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ which I have wanted to see for ages. However, I was not sure how accurate the movie was to true life. I saw Lawrence being portrayed as the saviour of Arabs and almost being revered ‘god-like’ figure by the Arabs in the film. I asked a few friends at work and behold they all challenged the accuracy of the film.
Below are quotes from ‘wikiquote’ about Lawrence from others that knew him:
“There is no other man I know who could have achieved what Lawrence did. As for taking undue credit for himself, my own personal experience with Lawrence is that he was utterly unconcerned whether any kudos was awarded him or not.” (Edmund Allenby, commander of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force to Lowell Thomas.)
“I deem him one of the greatest beings alive in our time… We shall never see his like again. His name will live in history. It will live in the annals of war… It will live in the legends of Arabia.” (Winston Churchill)
I also recently visited Wadi Rum where tourist attractions such ‘this is where Lawrence slept’ and ‘this is where Lawrence drank water from’ were sold to me as sites for pilgrimage.
I would love hear from other peoples views on T.E. Lawrence’s legacy. What do you think?