The U.S. soldiers put their lives on the line and in return they received nothing but negativity and hate. The film Platoon helps open America’s eyes to the harsh reality of the Vietnam War and to the fear and horror the U.S. soldiers faced and how they dealt with it. Oliver Stone, the director of Platoon, does an excellent job of using the different elements of film style to bring his movie to life. In this movie, the element of film that stands out the most and had the biggest impact is sound, which can be understood by analyzing a few different scenes containing both diegetic and non-diegetic sounds. Platoon was released in 1986 and follows the Vietnam War through the eyes of Bravo Company in 1967.
Writing is not a challenging task for me but it does demand a certain imaginative spark that I find in music. When I had to write an essay about an extremely serious car accident I was in, I chose a strictly instrumental arrangement of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. I found that it helped me get through the emotion of explaining something so traumatic. With this piece playing in my ears I was able to write my essay in half the time I would have expected. I was able to hold back most of the negative emotions brought on by having to describe the trauma of the accident, and it enabled me to create an essay unlike anything I have ever written.
The film makes you think about what is really happening and what is only in Jacob’s mind, therefore the narrative style itself could be a representation for what’s happening inside Jacob’s head. It also educates the viewer about Jacob’s life before the war, which explains why Jacob acts the way he does now. The choppy narrative style of the film does a great job in drawing the viewers in. The quick flashes of graphic scenes not only capture the viewers attention, they also make the viewers feel emotions such as worry, fear, or even compassion for Jacob. The movie’s opening scene is of Jacob and his fellow soldiers being attacked during the Vietnam War.
For example, “Old Colonel Matterson thinks he’s still in World War I, Billy Bibbit suffered a breakdown in ROTC training when he couldn’t answer the drill officer’s command without stuttering, and McMurphy, who received a dishonorable discharge in the Korean War for insubordination” (American Dreams). In conclusion Kesey was well influenced during his time writing the novel One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. During the 1960’s the world was well impacted by drug usage and challenging authority to find peace, harmony and liberation. Over all according to the novel Ken used McMurphy to represent someone who wants to bring peace harmony and liberation to
Dear America challenges the assumptions of mainstream America about the war. Allen Paul illustrates in a letter to a woman his first experience of war by stating “…it sure was an ugly sight.” This enforces the falsity of the assumption made by mainstream America about the war being easy and painless. The brutality of war is further recognised when George Olsen describes in his letter a wounded soldier momentarily dying being resuscitated by stating “...in a way, he was the luckiest one out there” purely because his injuries resulted in him returning home. Mainstream America assumed the war to be quick, easy and painless; when for the soldiers it was a long, hard and painful experience that only other combatants would
He asks the rhetorical question, "A hero of war, is that what they see?" showing his disgust at what he has experienced and what he became as a soldier. His age has perhaps provided him with this distrust, the "medals and scars" symbolising the idea of a war veteran. The caustic sarcasm of "...so damn proud of me..." is very inputting as the war veteran reflects on the enthusiasm he had for the job as a young man, but not anymore. The development of the young soldier's enthusiastic distinctive voice into a cynical war veteran voice is very well done.
With Freedom Come Responsibility “How do people come up with a date and a time to take life from another man?” (Gaines 157). This question is easy to answer if your a soldier in Iraq, but choosing the date to take the life of an innocent human is not right. In Arthur Miller's The Crucible and Ernest J. Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying, the only people that seemed to be accused were the innocent. A major theme for both novels would be, Recognizing injustice and facing responsibility. The main Characters are the ones that notice the injustice and try to change their corrupted society.
written by Jessie Pope, and finally contrast this with the poems by Owen. DISABLED I think that in the poem 'Disabled', Wilfred Owen is trying to convey the real tragedy of war. Many people think only of those killed but reading the poem you remember that many people who were not killed in the war could still have suffered a lot more. In the poem Owen focuses on one young man, a single victim of war. It shows the effect the war has on the young man's life, when on returning from the war he has been maimed "legless, sewn short at elbow" Owen writes the poem with style.
German writer Heinrich Böll’s (1917-1985) story “Stranger, Bear Word to the Spartans We…” was written in the wake of World War II in 1950. Böll’s anti-war stance and experience as a soldier informed his critical look at the discrepancy between the ideals presented in German schools and the way they were destroyed by Nazism. The story is about a disoriented soldier trying to find his bearings and ultimately closure after being badly wounded on the front. The story is set in a school converted to a makeshift hospital in the city of Bendorf during World War II. The story is presented in a first person point of view, but the narrative stance is actually subjective because the narrator exhibits no self-pity in this critique of war.
Next, I used oxymoron to explain the silence in the halls of my elementary school (AP Rhetorical Devices List). I used hyperbole because it is an extravagant overstatement. I used dysphemism to negatively describe the terrorist that attacked the United States. Last but not least I used analogy to describe how the attacks impacted traveling via the