A People’s History of the United States: Reflection Chapter 18 The Impossible Victory: Vietnam This chapter summarizes the Vietnam War and focuses mainly on the United States’ involvement. Zinn zeroes in on the horrors done by the US to the Vietnamese people. The war’s outcome in terms of US involvement was described by the New York Times very well, as it stated, “’The U.S. emerges as the big loser and history books must admit this…Successive American governments were never able to muster the necessary mass support at home,’” (Zinn 501). The Americans entered the war seemingly unnecessarily, officially declaring war after the unprovoked attack in the Gulf of Tonkin, which was later discovered fake. Zinn’s attitude throughout the entire chapter leads me to believe that he disapproves on extreme levels of the actions taken by the US during this time.
The "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong" is a story of many things when looked at from the right perspective. The validity of the story actually has nothing to do with its main purpose, which is to explain how Vietnam changed the American soldiers who were a part of the conflict. O'Brien's purpose is to inform his readers of the effect that Vietnam had on American GI's. Told by Rat Kiley, the "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong" can be seen as a touching love story; sweethearts united even during a war. However, the true focus of the story is not love but change and desertion.
Also it is very one sided as most protesters weren't like that the put themselves across has been clean and passionate about what they are protesting for show that people believe them. For example the last person in the cartoon is port across as being stupid because there is no point trying to sort out the war when America and Vietnam didn't. Another thing it has a tone which means it can't be objective as it is humorous and biased. Representation 3 is comprehensive because it is from a text book, this means that it would have to be comprehensive so that it could teach people or expand people's knowledge about it. I know that it is reliable because is also gives facts and figures.
George and Lennie represent the former group, for whom we can feel sympathy, while Curley is a character with whom it is hard to sympathize. The writer presents Lennie as large and strong, but mentally slow, while his guardian George is physically less capable but mentally much brighter. As soon as we hear that they are constantly having to travel the country for work, because of Lennie’s past mishaps, we feel sorry for them. We sympathize with Lennie, because what happened in Weed, for example, was not really his fault; and we feel sorry for George because he has to cope with the responsibility, if not the burden, of trying to find a way for them both to survive and to stay out of further trouble. Steinbeck invites the reader’s sympathy, in the scene where they camp overnight before going to the ranch.
He lives independently, outside of societies norms. He lives happily because of who he is and only because of who he is. In Ayn Rands best selling novel The Fountainhead there is a stubborn architect who doesn’t fit in with society. He has brilliant designs for his buildings but his buildings are eccentric. Society rejects these odd new things.
Even though Jim and all other niggers of the period did not think of themselves as superior than their masters at all, Twain persuaded the readers to believe that these African slaves were all obedient, honest, and willing to sacrifice for the others – which was not found in the whites in the adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Even though this book was not generally accepted by people at that period, it was a remarkable piece of literature for nowadays readers, because it shows them how different the world in the past is to the present world. This ‘new’ thought of Mark Twain, of equal representation between the whites and blacks, was only accepting by the public till a
Lincoln had never given up, not without getting what he wanted done in the begginning. For a portion of the Civil War, Lincoln served as a commander in chief and chief of staff. This was because when the Civil War began, the USA was not organized. Lincoln played a huge role us strategic thinking for the nations army, despite his lack of knowledge on most things in the military field. Most people underestimated Lincoln since he had such a kind heart.
He is portrayed as close-minded and old, yet experienced. We are led to believe that Fowler is quiet the opposite of his counterpart, Pyle. Pyle works for the American Aid Mission and, unlike Fowler, truly believed he was there to make a difference. “Pyle was absorbed already in the Dilemmas of Democracy and the responsibilities of the West; he was determined ... to do good, not to any individual person but to a country, a continent, a world. Well, he was in his element now with the whole universe to improve.” (Greene 18) He came to Vietnam with almost no knowledge of the war and yet believed he
The writer depicts him as “clear favored and imperially slime and he was always quietly arranged” stanza 1, lines 3-4. Likewise, “bad man” have sustained /managed his character which allows his action to precede the belief of society. “I am so bad, I don’t even want to be good” stanza 3, lines 1-2. As much as both men have accepted their culture/the norm, they both seem to share a troubled and disturbed mind and personality. The effects of racism and
Fowler is the main character and narrator of the story. He claims to be uninvolved and ‘dégage’ and behaves quite cynically and sarcastic. He says “I took no action-even an opinion is a kind of action...i just reported what I saw”. Though in the end, he is deeply involved in the murder of Pyle and in Vietnam in general. He has genuine feelings and emotions in the later stages of the novel, about Vietnam, Phoung and so on.