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.
After watching a horror movie, people can feel anxiety, suffer from paranoia, experience sleeplessness, and establish phobias throughout their life. The unexplainable or the inevitable can be an ongoing fear for some people. This anxiety is only added to after watching terrifying things on a television screen. Entertainment is not the only thing people are left with when seeing a masked villain terrorize a small town. They are also left with a new sudden fear that may lead to uncontrollable, obsessive thoughts of fear and panic.
After releasing news of this event the American public was shocked by the atrocity that had occurred. People began to lose faith in the war along with their soldiers and they felt that they could not support them. After President Johnson declined to run for reelection people were able to understand how bad the situation in the war had become (Doc J). These major three events were significant factors in undermining the American public’s support for the Vietnam War. As the war continued supporters became scarce, especially when they saw how hopeless it had become.
Dalton Trumbo's anti-war novel, Johnny Got His Gun, ideally captures the horrors of war, and its effects on individual soldiers, their fate, their mentality, and their families. The author introduces the reader to Joe Bonham, a young American soldier tragically wounded on the last day of World War One. Throughout the story, the author leads the reader through the emotions, thoughts, and reflections of the protagonist, and also to the honesty and detail with which the story is written, the reader is able to fully experience the impact and the tragedy of war. But with tragedies of war also brings upon the suppression of war, and with the novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding shows how our society suppresses the evil that is presented in all of us. Throughout this adventure Jack changes from a well mannered choir boy, who was scared to kill a pig, to a savage hunter who leads his band of hunters to kill everything in site.
This helps us understand and see clearly the horrors of war. Tommo is the narrator in the novel, which helps us to understand what it is like to be a soldier at war because we are reading what he has experienced. “let them come. I just want this to stop. I just want it to be over”.
“Terry Malloy’s most important conflict is not with Johnny Friendly, but with himself.” To what extent do you agree? ‘On the waterfront’ is a film about a corrupted and treacherous wharf, which highlights the conflicts not only among the people – which include Johnny Friendly’s gang and the local longshoremen, but inner conflicts in the characters as well. The story’s protagonist, Terry Malloy, undergoes a tumultuous change in his life as he turns against his own “family”, battling with not only Friendly but with himself. He struggles with his conscience after he had indirectly caused the death of Joey Doyle, which creates the spark that kick-starts Terry’s personal quest in searching for the guts to make a change in his life. Though the conflict between Friendly and Malloy is the climax of the film, Terry’s internal conflict has a greater significance as it creates the base for the building of Terry’s character, the main element and theme of the film which drives the film, questioning one’s morality, conscience and judgement.
(Cleveland Clinic) PTSD wasn't diagnosed until after the Vietnam War, this shows that Vonnegut grew up in a time where no one really understood why soldiers found it so hard coming back from war and soldiers didn't receive aid to come to grips with their experiences. Vonnegut has clearly experienced similar events associated with PTSD whilst being a soldier in Dresden which is why he expresses them in this novel as part of his exposure therapy. The novel does take many twists and turns along the way with the aliens, time travel and the wild 60’s sex revolution, however under all the sub sections of Vonnegut’s true life experiences in an attempt for him to come to terms with his painful wartime memories. The novel seemed the only way to get his thoughts out of him about Dresden, he had tried years earlier with his war buddy O’Hare, however Vonnegut speaks of how O’Hare was reluctant to speak about events due to how traumatic he found his memories of Dresden. “He was unenthusiastic.
When Kurt Vonnegut wrote Slaughterhouse Five, every scene had an underlying message that he was trying to convey to his audience. Since his book pertains to World War II, there was sure to be copious scenes of violence and quite a bit of gore. However, these violent scenes are meant to be provoking and cause a reaction in the reader. Vonnegut uses Billy's experiences in the WWII to show the horrible truth about war: it is senseless, with one bloody, macabre incident after another. Also, Vonnegut wants the reader to learn to accept things and to understand that change is inevitable.
John’s insatiable desire for unconditional love is the impetus for his overwhelming unhappiness; however another contributing factor is John’s traumatic experiences in Vietnam. John’s impaired and unsatisfactory relationship with his father was an incitement for his unhappiness and induced John’s use of magic and imaginings as a way of disguising his unhappiness and despair. Due to his warped perception of love, John’s love for Kathy, however true, was a source of unhappiness because of doubt and fear. Additionally, John’s experiences in Vietnam contributed significantly to his misery and discontent, and sought out the affection that is attributed with politics. John’s defective relationship with his father caused his distorted perception of love, which provoked John to use magic and self-deception to subconsciously ameliorate his relationship with his father and conceal his unhappiness.
Anthem For Doomed Youth is a sonnet written by Wilfred Owen about the realities of war. Wilfred Owen was a soldier during WW1 and therefore understands fully the true experiences of war. He was against war and was appalled by the effects of war on people and their families. The purpose of the poem is to inform the public of the true realities of war and how young men where dying needlessly. This was because during war times the media would tell the public that the war going great and that the men where doing just fine, but this obviously just wasn’t true.