Saving Private Ryan Essay

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The movie Saving Private Ryan by Steven Spielberg is a story that starts on 6 June 1944.
D-Day, takes place on Omaha Beach, where the United States Army’s 1st Infantry Division began its historic invasion of Normandy, France. The Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. By late August 1944, all of northern France had been liberated, and by the following spring the Allies had defeated the Germans. In the Allied invasion of France, three of the four Ryan brothers were killed. Their mother is supposed to receive notice of their deaths all on the same day. Captain John Miller and his squad are sent on a rescue mission to find a “Private James Ryan”, the fourth brother and bring him home. Along the way, Millers men start to question why the Army is willing to risk their lives to save one man? Eventually, they locate Ryan, but when they ask him to leave with them he refuses.
He says that he cannot leave his unit, who is assigned to hold a key bridge. He claims that he has not earned any right to leave that the rest of his unit hasn’t, and he’ll stick by them. The movie then ends when Germans arrive in force supported by two Tiger I tanks, two self-propelled guns, a towed Flak 38 cannon, and
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Spielberg does and incredible job of showing just how horrible that invasion really was and the sacrifice that was made by thousands of Americans. He also does a very good job of showing the effects of the war on the men that fought it, such as Captain Millers hand shaking uncontrollably and Private Ryan’s questioning whether he lived a good enough life to be worthy of the sacrifices made for him. The film as a primary source of World War 2 and especially the D-Day invasion is very accurate. The costumes and scenes depicting a war ravaged France are also very
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