American Sniper And Slaughterhouse Five Comparison

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In the film American Sniper directed by Clint Eastwood and the novel Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, both works exhibit depiction of war through the protagonist. However, each work is portrayed differently as they each show a representation with opposite depiction of war. While one decides to promote war, the other diminish it. In Eastwood’s adaptation of American Sniper, his insight appears as a promotion for pro-war propaganda, in contrast, Slaughterhouse Five depicts ideas that portray the war in a poor light. American Sniper retells the story of Chris Kyle, a Navy Seal who was reported to have 160 confirmed kills. His story was adapted in an Eastwood film which portrays him as an individual who decided to join the military as a response to prevent terrorists from coming to the United States, and causing harm to the American people. Eastwood uses the film as a catalysis to push out American ideals to promote pro-war propaganda. In the film, Kyle has a childhood flashback at his family dinner table where Kyle’s father lectures, “There are only three types of people in this world; sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs.” The sheepdogs are the ones who would protect against the chaos that comes from the wolves. This analogy shows that the sheepdog is the symbol of the American …show more content…

He brings his experience from the bombing of Dresden and recalls his encounters during the tragedy. Through the subject of Billy, he describes the aftermath of man’s destructive power through the bombing, “It looked like Dresden after it was fire-bombed-like the surface of the moon” (). From this quote, he paints a true sight of war where nothing is left but dust. He relates this event to emphasize the fact that war is a place of sadness and despair and from Billy’s viewpoint he observes the hurtfulness and all the destructiveness of the world when the city of Dresden gets

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