You can look at how when To Kill a Mockingbird first came out, America adored him. They found his one act of defending Tom Robinson to be so heroic that they put him on a godlike pedestal. The way they took to him so dearly shows how ignorant and blind they were to injustice on blacks many people in America. As time went on and people changed, however, they began to see the ways in which Atticus really wasn’t any sort of perfect man at all. Now nearly 50 years later, we are able to appreciate the truth about his flaws.
Then, Shaw’s good friend, Major Forbes, who is part of the regiment and does not agree with this decision says, “Robert, not with a whip. Not on them”. In saying this Forbes understands how ironic, cruel, and wrong it is for them to be whipping a former slave who is fighting for the abolishment of slavery because then they are sinking to the level of the Confederates. Furthermore, when Shaw tells him to never question his authority Forbes mocks him and says, “I is sorry, master. You be the boss man now and all us childrens must obey”.
The men retraced Doss’ steps while being shot at until they found and returned the bible to Desmond. Comparing this to the “Scarlet Letter” treatment that he initially received truly shows the heroic extent of the deeds Doss had done. I would say that the film did not affect my opinion on war very much, I have been a film buff for a long time and have seen many documentaries and have a pretty informed opinion, but it does help to solidify the harsh realities of war that are unimaginable to civilians. I believe that the film best showcases the dramatic patriotism that overtook all during the period of WWII, which resulted in many exaggerated states of mind that resulted in cases of unnecessary outcasting, immense bravery, and sacrifices for what was seen as the common good. This film; however, did introduce the topic of Conscientious Objectors being enlisted in the military that I had never even considered and I do think that it is a vastly positive idea that would help to tap the potential in troops that may not be comfortable killing others.
It tells the story of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. It showed how the U.S government was undecided about how to use the African American soldiers, which they intended to use them for manual labor at first. In my opinion the film did exactly what it was intended to do which was informing me of what happened and how things went down. On how the government didn’t really fell as if the blacks were ready to actually fight in a battle. They felt as if they were bad people which were the whole opposite they were fighters and well
"The nicest veterans in Schenectady, I thought, the kindest and funniest ones, the ones who hated war the most, were the ones who'd really fought."(Vonnegut). Soldiers risk their lives day and night to not only protect their country but protect their own lives, even if they don’t agree on what they are fighting for in the war. In Slaughterhouse-Five the death of
Jousting – While it does not bear the same gore and bloodshed as the other ones mentioned in this 20 Most Intense Sports of the Ancient World list, it can still be considered hardcore because really, who would even think of knocking down your opponent off a horse using a ten-foot pole? Only our ancestors from Medieval England, that’s who. Injuries and death were not uncommon, but completely smashed armors are even more plenty. 8. Mesoamerican Ball Game or Ulama – Never heard of this sport before?
For example, at home Scout is talking to Atticus, she worries they will lose the case. Atticus tells her, “No honey… Simply because we are licked a hundred years before we started is no reason to try to win” (Lee 101). Atticus must think if he can defend a black man, maybe others in the community might treat blacks better. For instance, Scout tells Atticus how Cecil Jacobs says he “defends niggers” Atticus replies, “Of course I do” (Lee 99). Atticus took upon defending Tom, a black man, knowing he would not win the case, he knew the harsh things people would throw at him.
How would one feel if they knew that no matter what they did, they will never be recognized for what they are trying to accomplish? Ralph Ellison’s “Battle Royal” discusses a part of his history where he thought he was making a difference in the world, but he was blinded by his innocence and naivete to the fact that he invisible to the white upper class, they don’t see the real him, all they see is a race that they can take advantage of. Invisibly and Blindness are both portrayed in “Battle Royal” through the specific examples like Ralph. Ralph is blind to the fact that the people that he is performing his speech for don’t particularly care about anything that he has to say. Throughout the entire story, he was only focused on if there was
Worst of all, it’s a judge, he should have a high degree of respect and shouldn’t use derogatory words. This only proves that racism was so bad that people didn’t care disposing of blacks. In conclusion, the racism was really bad in states where The Butler and TKAMB. Excluding the African-Americans, completely lacking the sense of equality towards them and the white’s complete disregard of blacks. It made the lives of African-Americans’ truly miserable.
I would agree that this movie has a deeper theme than just war within hunger. As I said before this movie looks alike to the type of movies, I have seen of war but with a different theme since we all can agree that the army was sent to Somalia as an operation to find the two main thugs (Aidid) which it is all because of wanting to end the war. The Black Hack helicopter falls in a city in where is converted into a mortal combat zone. I would say that this movie had probably impacted a lot when it was released during that period of
It does get my attention when Richard gets on a roll and my favorite quote in this chapter is when he states “America’s Most Fucked-Up Home Videos”. (Anonymous, p. 154) This chapter seems to resin more of we are going to win then loose then “maybe” win again. It is an emotional roller coaster for a reader that I cannot imagine being on a real campaign trail. It finally starts to take shape when he is in the cinder block union building for a funeral and he started to speak to the people about the people. It is as if Stanton finally figured out his true platform and how it is conveyed.
William James once said in his book “ History is a bath of blood”, “Modern man inherits all the innate pugnacity and all the love of glory of his ancestors. Showing war’s irrationality and horror is of no effect on him. The horrors make the fascination. War is the strong life; it is life in Extremis; war taxes are the only ones men never hesitate to pay, as the budgets of all nations show us.” (303) However, this does not seem true to most returning veterans. According to two short fictional stories “ Soldier’s Home” and “ A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” two protagonists’ lives after brutal wars explicitly demonstrate the idea that they are not only pathetic survivors from battles, but also victims of relentless wars through authors’ vivid depictions of each character and elaborate arrangement of settings.
Dickstein’s main focus in the article is how even after 50 years since Catch-22’s creation, we have not escaped the novel’s message. Dickstein repeatedly calls attention to the cynicism and madness presented in the novel and how it has and continues to impact the world. Dickstein uses the prototypical college undergraduate, selfish soldiers, and even American presidents all as examples of cynicism. Dickstein specifically uses John F. Kennedy’s famous quote “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” as his main example. Dickstein eloquently sums his claims up towards the end of his article when he states, “But subsequent history from Vietnam to Watergate, from Nixon’s lies to Bush’s wars, dimmed youthful idealism, stoked disenchantment, and turned peaceful protest into cynicism and rage.
He also made sure that these black soldiers had equal pay and treated as well as the white soldiers. The way that people treated black soldiers was absurd to Douglass. Shanks states on page 3 that the leaders of the District did not care about what happened to they black soldiers, which genuinely disappointed
Connor MacFarland 3/22/16 period 5 American History The topic I chose for the American poster is “A Victorious battle and why it was important”. The battle I have focused on is The Battle of Bunker Hill. While the American forces did retreat in this battle, and Bunker HIl was eventually secured by the Red Coats, due to running out of ammunition, this was considered to be a moral victory for the colonist forces. As the Colonists built a wall at the bottom of the hill, when the Red Coats charged, they were forced to retreat multiple times, resulting in two hundred and twenty-six dead and over eight- hundred wounded, double the casualties of the Colonists. Bunker Hill was the one of the earliest battles of the Revolutionary War, and