“The Sacred Willow” portrays four generations of a Vietnamese family that stretches from the traditional mandarin culture of northern Vietnam, the French occupation, the Vietnamese war, to life in the US. A main portion of this book is centered around the narrator Mai’s father Duong Thieu Chi and his struggle of working in the government while raising a family during the time of French Occupation. Throughout Mai’s accounts, her father’s internal conflict between good and bad as well as modern and traditional are highlighted to symbolize the 20th century Vietnamese sentiments towards their country and their call for independence.
In A Viet Cong Memoir, we receive excellent first hands accounts of events that unfolded in Vietnam during the Vietnam War from the author of this autobiography: Truong Nhu Tang. Truong was Vietnamese at heart, growing up in Saigon, but he studied in Paris for a time where he met and learned from the future leader Ho Chi Minh. Truong was able to learn from Ho Chi Minh’s revolutionary ideas and gain a great political perspective of the conflicts arising in Vietnam during the war. His autobiography shows the readers the perspective of the average Vietnamese citizen (especially those involved with the NLF) and the attitudes towards war with the United States. In the book, Truong exclaims that although many people may say the Americans never lost on the battlefield in Vietnam — it is irrelevant. In order to understand this mindset, we have to understand how the NLF
“I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality and its stupidity”. This quote by Dwight D. Eisenhower shows the true picture of the war. War is an enemy of all the humanity and human civilization. Wars are necessary evils and their horrors are of such magnitude that they can’t be described in words. Thousands of people lost their homes and many people were made orphan and widows. War brings hatred and spreads falsehood. The Vietnam War was a long, costly armed conflict that pitted the communist regime of North Vietnam also known as “Viet Cong” against South Vietnam and its ally The United States. During this period more than 3 million people including 58,000 Americans and more than 1.5
Throughout history there has been many speeches. Some produced inspiration and joy to those who who heard it and other speeches spread dread and fear to all of those near. And there has been other speeches that were small and insignificant. This was not the case for Alexander the Great. He spoke multiple speeches throughout his lifetime and all of them were inspiring to his people and frightful to his enemies. Alexander the Great was a great leader and brilliant war strategist, so when he spoke everyone listened.
Dwight was right trying to not getting involved, Ho Chi Minh was far superior than Ngo Dinh Diem. North Vietnam ended up winning and make Vietnam a communist independent state. At last and the one that really didn't contribute in anything, he just let Ho Chi Minh win. Bao Dai (1913–1997), born Nguyen Vinh Thuy, was the reigning emperor of Vietnam from 1926 to
In the great epic, Beowulf, an unknown poet describes Beowulf as an invincible hero with the amazing strength stronger than any human ever, but does having the traits of an incredible warrior, make him a great king? A great king is loyal, generous, reliable and should be able to realize what he needs to do to make sure his people are safe. Beowulf is brave, strong, and extremely confident in his combat abilities, but Beowulf does not think about the possible effects of his actions. Beowulf cares about his fame, fortune, and legacy, but he often makes rushed decisions that risk his life and could potentially leave his people powerless and unprotected. During Beowulf’s transformation from thane to king, he has always had more of a warrior’s mindset,
The novel Paradise of the Blind, written by Duong Thu Huong, conveys the story of three Vietnamese women struggling to survive in a society where women are excessively submissive towards men and Communist nepotism ravages every dream. The story is portrayed through the character Hang, a young woman who has grown up among the slums and occasional elegance of Hanoi. As land reform rips apart their village, the tragedy of her family is established. When her Uncle Chinh‘s political loyalties replace family devotion, Hang is torn between her mother‘s terrifying self–sacrifice and the bitterness of her aunt who can avenge but not forgive. In the novel, there are certain characters and locations that represent Capitalism and Communism. The war between
While Pyle believes that the Vietnamese are only spreading communism under orders from the Soviet Union, Fowler understands that they are choosing to take on a communist government because it suits their needs best. In a discussion with Fowler over the desires of the Vietnamese people, Pyle explains, “They’ll be forced to believe what they are told and won’t be allowed to think for themselves” (Greene 86). In this assumption, Pyle uses logos as a way of persuasion to convince Fowler that his idea is obvious. Pyle believes that the Soviets are controlling the Vietnamese, which is parallel to the United States’ idea that Ho Chi Minh was a puppet for Stalin. However, Fowler notices that the Vietnamese were chasing after their own interests, rather
First of all, Tang Gao Zu was selective about his military, which was one of the key reasons why it was so successful. He didn’t just choose the richest, but he chose based on skill. ("The Chinese Tang Dynasty Military: Warfare, Army & Weapons." ). This is significant because these generals and leaders helped Tang Gao Zu with strategy and developing the military to its best state. It shows that he listens to other general and leader’s opinions. Another reason why he was a successful leader was because he was recognized to be very good at coming up with strategies, all so that he took over lots of land, such as the Baiji area. The Baiji area included the North Korean and Northeastern China Peninsula. Emperor Tang’s strategy was so successful that some parts the military conquered was as far as Central Asia. This is important because once land is conquered, it means that there is access to many resources, and also expansion of territory. ("The Golden Age of Tang.") Tang Gao Zu and his superb strategies is significant because it shows that he is dedicated to win. Tang Gao Zu was an initiated leader, which lead to success in
In the novel, “The Quiet American,” Greene portrays the plot whilst using common war elements like colonialism and plastic explosives to decisively display the relationships between the story’s characters. In particular, with Fowler and Pyle. Three main elements are what drives these two characters apart over time, in the novel; their Colonialist views, Pyle’s lies about plastics and their shared love with Phuong.
The Cold War began with a string of events most notably between the United States and Russia, this lead furthermore to the Red Scare as well as the belief that the Domino Theory would affect Asia starting with Vietnam. In Graham Greene’s novel The Quiet American, Fowler’s ability to easily empathize gives him a more justified perspective on the American conflict in Vietnam because he understands what the Vietnamese people want, as well as their nationalistic desires for independence.
Nicolas Cage states, “I think what makes people fascinating is conflict, it's drama, it's the human condition. Nobody wants to watch perfection.” Anger, Death, Violence, Chaos, the past, speaking silently in the darkness. These nouns draw our attention by the main and forefront inclination of human nature, and how our bodies are programmed to maintain focus on such events. An inescapable collision course, since the dawn of time conflict, has arisen deep within our souls, along with the obscurity that ensues, being a fundamental factor in how we cannot process the cause or reason of why individuals let negativity, personal gain, hatred, and other emotional charges take control of their mouths and body. These uncontrollable acts can be viewed
The Battle for Stalingrad during World War Two and the Battle for Huế City during Vietnam can teach many lessons about the importance of maintaining morale throughout an operation. During excessively violent and protracted engagements, the psychological effect of battle should be the key operational concern. This is especially true when policy insinuates that the objective has become the ultimate consideration in an endeavor with a multitude of factors. Stalingrad and Huế City depict what is possible when psychological elements escalate war to extreme measures. The success or failure of an operation of this kind could have a profound influence on the final outcome
How did Tan Sri Dato Seri Lim Goh Tong manage to attract followers and inspire them to try their best in achieving a shared goal? How did he manage to convince all his followers that they can reach beyond the ordinary expectations together? These questions can be answered through the visionary leadership style that Uncle Lim possessed, a name he was fondly known as.