In the novel Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers, the main character is Richard Perry. In the beginning of this book, Richard was a generous and eager to start as a soldier in the Vietnam War. He soon becomes responsible and understanding of what it is like to be a black soldier in the war and how hard it can be to the other soldiers. Near the end, Richard becomes powerful and alerted near the end of the book. This character clearly relates to the theme of the book, which is age and race can impact somebody’s life a lot.
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.
Soldiers were dying, and they continued to be sent over to fight. The war itself provided a major wave of anti-war rhetoric that is still prominent today. The anti-war rhetoric was pushed through politicians, celebrities, concerts, protests, average citizens of different economic classes, but most importantly through song. “In the 1960s, several now-influential artists appealed to the disaffected counterculture’s emphasis on peace and love, especially with the sliding approval rates of the Vietnam War. As public approval of the Vietnam War dwindled in the latter half of the 1960s, popular music artists began to record songs that reflected this disapproval and ultimately became a new method of protest (Hopkins).”
It give us hope, because people got mad, i explain how people even cancel their subscription to the news paper, out of anger and offended by Jackson’s story. However, to me it opens a questions: do you thing that people would have reacted the same if the date was different, or if the story was explained as something happening in another country. what it the act of the lottery what offended the subscribers or the idea of the lottery happening to them? Jackson, Shirley. " The Lottery.
"On the Rainy River" by Tim O'Brien is from a collection of stories published in 1990 called "The Things They Carried. " All of these stories are related to the war in Vietnam and can be read as a memoir because the events are all loosely based on O'Brien's experiences. Through O'Brien's story of the Vietnam War, many themes and messages related to moral disorder and personal conflict are explored. The themes of fear and embarrassment and how they can influence your decisions are highlighted. Also, the theme of guilt over the war is conveyed in the story.
Films and the myth of military war reveal the conflict American soldiers experience with society’s subscribed roles of masculinity during the Vietnam War era. Vietnam War films made during 1986 and 1989 tell stories not only about the war experience, but narratives that reveal societal perceptions of masculinity relevant to the eighties. According to Michael Klein in Hanoi to Hollywood, “Liberal and radical Vietnam-era-coming-home films provide a range of sympathetic portraits of the problem of rehabilitation that challenge mainstream American constructions of masculinity….” (Klein, 22).
Is Tim O’Brien a murderer? In the story The Things They Carried, “The Man I Killed,” William Timothy O’Brien is the author and the character Tim. Although the story is fictional, many of the details were from O’Brien’s experience in the Vietnam War. He wrote the story to share his experiences, to allow people to understand what he felt while in the war and to feel at peace with the horrors he witnessed as a soldier. The character Tim O’Brien and the author William Timothy O’Brien are very similar because both grew up in Worthington, Minnesota, attended Macalester College, and wrote about war experiences.
In response, soldiers rebelled and brought their own music which was comprised of many anti-war songs, since it was popular at the time in the U.S. An example of a popular anti-war song includes Edwin Starr’s “War”. The Soldiers became involved in influencing others through the media, by being interviewed by a journalist, Morley Safer. This CBS Journalist had made reports about these soldiers by portraying their lives outside of the battlefield.
We must strive towards peace and harmony not violence. Wars are destructive. Blood shed is unnecessarily. The Vietnam War affected many troops as well as ordinary civilians. What happened on 31 January 1968?
“Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America, not on the battlefields of Vietnam”- Marshall Mcluhan. In the novel The Things They Carried, written by Tim O’Brien uses his personal experiences to describe his time spent in Vietnam throughout the war. The reason the novel is written in a nonlinear format because he is writing the novel as he recalls his experiences. However, the main purpose of him writing the novel was to help people understand what the soldiers had went through and the truth about the Vietnam War is known to the public. Tim O’Brien uses themes such as storytelling/memory and morality to demonstrate the impact of the experiences the soldiers endured and how that has affected their daily lives.
For example, when the news reporters use propaganda to tell the public how well American soldiers are doing in Iraq, when there really is more to it. 3- Hindsight Bias: The term hindsight bias refers to the tendency people have to view events as more predictable than they really are. After an event, people often believe that they knew the outcome of the event before it actually happened.
Than I thought of all the crap people talk about our president now for mistakes that have nothing to do with him. After I thought about this blame game it began to make sense. The American people have to blame someone when people are dying and or
There is typically a definitive reason behind why a particular memorial is placed where it is, especially when the memorial commemorates a certain war. There is no doubt that the United State’s involvement in the division of Vietnam is questionable, however, American lives were taken away from their friends and families as a result of the government’s decision to go to war. The lives of those who fought for our nation were cut short, and their remembrance will surely be lost in time if they are not memorialized. Memorials are representative of past memories, both good and bad, and are largely developed out of respect towards those who lost their lives. Providing the public with a memorial, such as the Philadelphia Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, allows for the people to gain further insight into the events that led up the present; past events define the modern world.
In order to conceal their fears, many people try to take unnecessary precautions as a buffer from reality. As stated in the text “Jittery, uncertain, and assuming the worst, many people have answered these questions by forswearing air travel, purchasing gas masks and radiation detectors…” (Goode 1). To this day, many people refuse to get on a plane because they are scared of an unlikely event to occur. Even though security has been massively improved since the events that took place on September 11, the image of the trauma that took place will be forever engraved in the memories of America.
The Vietnam War seems to have more movies and books about it than any other conflict in human history. Whether documentary films or historical fiction, the vast array of movies about Vietnam contain detailed footage and accounts from the war both at home and abroad. The two movies we watched in class, “Platoon” and “Two Days in October” are examples of historical fiction and documentary films, respectively. “Platoon” follows a soldier during his time in Vietnam as he deals with life as a grunt and interacts with fellow soldiers, officers, and the enemy during his tour of duty. “Two Days in October” is set up with interviews and archival footage to show two separate events occurring on other sides of the world, but only a day apart.