Bruce Springsteen’s classic 1984 song “Born in the U.S.A” is one that many Americans sing on patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. With the song’s fast, upbeat rhythm, red-white-and-blue-themed album cover, and repetition of the chant “Born in the U.S.A,” the song can be portrayed as a tune that creates and supports American pride and patriotism. Behind the guitars and synthesizers, however, “Born in the U.S.A.” is a slightly upsetting explanation of how Vietnam veterans were treated upon their return home to America after the Vietnam War. Springsteen himself was drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, but never enlisted due to his 4-F status, a classification given to military members who are unfit for combat due to
The Irony of “Born in the U.S.A.” As the fireworks explode in the night sky to celebrate Independence Day, “Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen plays loudly for the audience to hear. As the men, women, and children bellow out the chorus proudly, they never seem to grasp its intended meaning. By studying the appeals and irony used in Springsteen’s lyrics, it is easy to see how Springsteen’s message of the poor treatment of Vietnam War veterans is misconstrued by millions of listeners into American pride. Springsteen’s intended audience is a group made up of mainly white, blue collar Americans-
“Born by the River” illustrates my version of the “American Dream” because Cooke expresses this faith that things will change, despite social segregation. For example, Cooke mentions, "how it has been difficult over the years facing “segregation and inequality,” but he has hope a change will come for the future (Stanza 1). Cooke sings in a doubtful manner because of the unjust times he 's living in and explains all the harsh realities he is faced. Although he lives under these circumstances, his hope is restored because colored Americans began to stand up for what 's right in civil rights movements. Similarly, today we are faced with opposing laws that make it harder for “equal opportunism” for immigrants in America, but these dreamers still stand tall in protests for their fight against unequal opportunities.
Leaving Valley Forge In 1780 I see myself as a free American living without British rule. My decision is to not re-enlist in the Continental Army. Over the fall of 1777, General Washington set up a camp for the winter called Valley Forge. I am leaving Valley Forge for three reasons which are: there is a lot of sickness, I want to go home, and most of all, I do not want to die.
In the 1950’s, America was just starting to develop a common culture. Platforms like The Ed Sullivan Show, were uniting Americans while maintaining the conservative values of the time. Many Americans tried to hold onto the lifestyle and values they were so used to, but the times were changing. The number of women in the workforce doubled, African Americans were fighting segregation, and a new teenage culture was developing. Music, rock n’ roll at that time, became a way to make up the differences between Americans.
As I look at this prompt and try to come up with a glamorous and picturesque explanation as to what it means to have a father as I veteran, I fall short. I cannot say that being a child of a veteran has given me a greater appreciation for America, a new point of view regarding war, or a sense of belonging and identity as a “military kid.” My father served in the Army from 1987-1990 as a Corporal and Specialist, serving as an Airborne Ranger and medic at various times, and participated in Operation Desert Storm. The VA has diagnosed him with PTSD and 100% disabled. His military career and PTSD affected my family and me in countless ways, most of them negative.
I - Feel - Like - I’m - Fixin’ - to - Die Rag and The Ballad of the Green Berets are two songs which refer to the war in Vietnam. The former was released in 1965 by Country Joe McDonald and his band; while the latter was launched in 1966 by Barry Sadler and Robin Moore. The two songs have very different approaches to the way they describe and reflect on the Vietnamese war. Country Joe and the Fish’s I - Feel - Like - I’m - Fixin’ - to - Die Rag is a carnival type song which became very popular in the anti-war movement.
Neil Diamond’s song “Coming to America” shows that us Americans are not stubborn, have freedom, and doesn't mind having new people coming to America. I think the song was a nice song about the inflow of immigrants coming to America. Just like Neil, I’m also excited about them wanting to come and live the great American dream. “ Everywhere around the world, They're coming to America, Every time that flag’s unfurled, They're coming to America,” Neil stated in his song. Unfortunately, the American dream is a dream that everyone would love to have.
People need to stop fighting one another. Fighting can make matters worse and fighting will hurt people even more than they anticipated. Instead of fighting, people should come together and resolve the problem which is much safer than fighting each other. People who do take the fighting route, often take a chance of leaving their family that they may never see again. To eliminate any chances, people should just get along with each other and talk about any problems that they may have.
The poem “I, Too, Sing America” by Langston Hughes is an argument for racial equality that describes the struggle of an African American individual being included in American patriotism. In the poem, the speaker describes that he is sent to eat in the kitchen when guests arrive; he eats well, though, so that tomorrow he may join the others at the table. In the last few lines Hughes describes that “they” in the poem will eventually see the speaker’s beauty and feel embarrassed, because he, “too, is America.” My initial problem in analyzing the poem was that I assumed that the images in the work had to represent something else metaphorically, specifically when considering the second and third stanzas of the poem, which contain a juxtaposition