Essay On American Sniper

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I long ago learned not to discuss war movies with southerners. They tend to be detail-oriented and obsessed with authenticity. They frequently dismiss well-made, thought-provoking films because of some minor detail — the scope on a rifle is wrong, or the markings on a vehicle incorrect.
I recently saw the film “American Sniper” directed by Clint Eastwood. This U.S. Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) takes his sole mission -- protect his comrades -- to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. Viewers raved and rejoiced at the “accurate” and “beautiful” depiction of the life of a true American willing to risk everything for his country. Ask almost anyone in the south, they will tell you that “American Sniper” was inspirational.
Yet, the “War on Terror” continues to be a hot debate topic. One of the points on tensions is how the majority of the country views the armed forces who fight and continue to fight in the name of American Interests. What the U.S. still has the ability to constructively consider is how to reconcile this war and the men and women who are fighting it with an American society that is sharply divided in its opinions. This is largely caused by the simple fact that because the armed forces are so far removed and such a small part of the American population, it is
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Eastwood had an obvious incentive to create a mainstream film that serves its primary purpose as entertainment rather than social commentary. However, I think its popularity and award nominations are an opportunity to consider the paradox inherent in modern American society— where the men and women who risk the most to protect the U.S. are divorced from mainstream life. With "American Sniper", there is a catalyst for debate and reflection on this issue that will hopefully lead to tangible improvements in the divide between soldier and
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