The goal of the 415 BCE play, The Trojan Women was to discourage war in the ancient Mediterranean world. The play showed the hardships that came with war in an attempt to end violent conflict. The same can be said about the 1971 film. The cinematized version of the play was released amidst the peak of Vietnam protest and aimed to show, yet again, the consequences of war. The film is one of the more interesting war films because its main characters are not the soldiers, but the people affected by the loss that war brought them.
1. Opposition to the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War The two events protested the war in Washington, D.C. On 24 April 1971 and Anti-Vietnam War demonstration in 1967 demonstrate a large number of the American population were opposed to U.S. involvement in the South Vietnam during the course of the Vietnam War. Public opinion was strongly against the war from 1967 to 1970, which resulted in only a third of Americans supposed that the U.S made a right decision over participating in Vietnam War. It is why special groups led the anti-war movement to avoid America 's involved in the Vietnam War. The anti-war movement grew increasingly popular in American society, which led to America lost numerous supporters.
He is considered to be the primary reason why he was not able to win the war in Vietnam as he overestimated the American people’s patience and tolerance of friendly losses. The Vietnam War gives valuable lessons that can be used in the present-day war campaigns. For one, the Vietnam War was based on deception that is the trend today as with the insurgents and terrorist groups. Though U.S. and South Vietnamese forces managed to hold off the Communist attacks, the offensive shocked and demoralized not only their forces but as well as the American public and further eroded support for the war effort. The victory gained by the ‘Tet offensive’ (CNN, 1988) that triggered the deliberate and shameful withdrawal of US forces from the region.
When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” (King pg 262). This elevates the audience’s understanding of his cause. The strong language used in the speech is very persuasive and makes you feel inspired to make a difference in the world. Another emotionally appealing technique that king uses is repetition.
The tensions between the U.S. and the USSR after WWII had gradually increased towards a Cold War period. This period without actual fighting had a significant impact on America’s attitude towards the situation in Vietnam. Losing Vietnam to communism would not only threaten the world it would also, maybe more importantly, expose America’s weakness. Whereas the orthodox interpretation praises America for its bravery in their fight to save the world from communism, revisionist’s historians see the Vietnam War as a futile small factor in the larger Cold War Context and criticize America’s actions as aggressive and acquisitive. (21)6America would have the desire to shape the world in its own ideal image.
stood up for what he believed in knowing he cold die. Yes, other people in society have stood up for what they believed in as well, and yet what makes Martin Luther King Jr. different than say Malcolm X or other violent leaders? Martin Luther King Jr. used his words, and his head to speak to the world. Martin Luther King Jr. was different because he wasn’t afraid to speak his mind respectfully. Martin Luther King Jr. led protests and movements instead of having riots, and the burning of stuff.
He has chosen to title his essay “Losing the War.” This however is not originally the title. The longer title is as follows; “World War II had faded into movies, anecdotes, and archives that nobody cares about anymore. Are we losing the war?” Albeit subtle subtle, this is perhaps one of the most powerful choices Sandlin made in his argument. He is suggesting that although the war is considered “won” in the history books, the trauma it caused —as the general nature of the war— is anything but victorious. He is also arguing that the American public is, actually, losing the war.
Furthermore, he puts himself in a position that is equivalent with the others. “There is at the outset a very obvious and almost facile connection between the war in Vietnam and the struggle I, and others, have been waging in America.” This statement clearly verifies that he views everyone equally, and accentuates the fact that he is in the same condition as everyone else. Martin Luther King elaborates the reality of the poor by using similes. During the Vietnam War, the poor went through a stage when their only last hope eviscerated due to the war. King Jr. reveals the harsh condition to his audience to provoke sympathy and emphasize the difficulties the poor went through.
This song was written before the public began to disapprove of the United States’ involvement in the war. The song warns citizens of the trouble that is about to occur, stating that “there’s a battle outside that will soon shake your windows”. A popular 1966 anti-war music poster advertised Jefferson Airplane and Mystery Trend, who were famous rock groups at the time. The poster included a war scene with soldiers dressed in red, white and black. The word “Vietnam” was featured at the top and “Peace” featured at the bottom.
My Lai had a lasting impact on the war-weary American public. Demands to withdraw from Vietnam continued to grow. A movement against U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War began amongst peace activists, students, and members of the hippie movement. Anti-war marches received huge support in early 1968 after the successful Tet Offensive by North Vietnamese troops. As the casualties grew, disillusionment began.