Vietnam War Rob Watson History 135 Sunday May 27, 2012 Mona Rocha Vietnam War There were many wars in the history of America, but the one war that faced much controversy then, even still today, which brought about many changes, was the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War lasted 19 years, from 1954 to 1973(Vietnam War). This war had an impact on many aspects of life in America, and the actions of America affected the war efforts in Vietnam. As the War ended, it sparked many changes in America, both political and social that still affects us even today. This paper will examine the ways in which the war influenced the lives of America, and how the events in America influenced the war.
When his soldier Ted Lavender died all he could do was cry and blame himself for his death, “He felt shame. He hated himself.... this was something he would have to carry like a stone in his stomach for the rest of war.” (O’Brien, The Things They Carried 42) but he didn’t let that very heart-wrenching emotion of feeling responsible for someone’s death cloud his judgment or cause him to take his job lightly. Towards the end of the story he stepped up, over-coming the guilt he felt after the death of Ted Lavender. Learning from his mistakes and changing the way he lead his platoon “He would not tolerate laxity. He would show strength, distancing himself.” (O’Brien, The Things They Carried 100) He showed courage while seeing the bigger picture telling himself “that his obligation was not to be loved but to lead.” (O’Brien, The Things They Carried 101) Masculinity is very apparent in this platoon.
The Things They Carried, a novel written by Tim O’Brien, raises the question of the extent of truthfulness of stories that are told from experience in which the novel is solely based on the accounts of war-veterans and their lives in Vietnam. The soldiers fighting in the war describe certain stories that have affected them the most and from that reader’s can interpret that the armed forces are able to capture the attention of their listeners through providing immense detail of the conditions, adding false information in order to increase suspense, and to evoke emotions with listeners to create parallel feelings with the story at hand. Through O’Brien’s techniques of writing these war accounts he blurs between actual truth and fiction. As a
In Charles’ eyes, the real threat was that The United States was being torn apart and the noble cause of many a revolutionary soldier would be lost and their mortal lives given up in vain. Charles respected his family and it was a hard to go against their wishes but in the end it was a verse from the Bible that made the decision clear. Charles found himself mortally wounded from battle. Sheltered behind a rock formation, as his life’s blood ran out on the ground around him, he wrote these words. “I don’t know if anyone will find this journal or care to read the words I have written.
The Vietnam War was a very confusing and tough time for both the world and the United States. Many Americans did not know why exactly we were there in Vietnam for the war and for what reasons. There were many great leaders who were very influential in the Vietnam War; some were also not so great ones. Ho Chi Minh and John F. Kennedy were two presidents, who both had two completely different views that changed the war in many ways. Ho Chi Minh was President of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam
Turning out for the war to actually hurt us rather than help us, The Vietnam War proved to be a common topic among writers and citizens who felt the need to fight against the war, drafting young, and U.S. intervention in foreign policies. These
Abstract: The Effect of the Vietnam war on American Politics and Foreign Policy Tasha Hudson History 365 Professor Larry Menna April 22, 2013 The Vietnam War is regarded as the nation's longest and most debilitating war. Some may even say that it has had such an impact on the United States that no other event in history has had since the Civil war and before the events of hurricane Katrina and 9/11. The Vietnam War was one filled with great lost, sadness, economic hardship, and unanswered questions. The hardcore facts are that the Vietnam War produced wrenching effects on the American people. The war also had a profound effect on American politics and foreign policy.
The parallels of these two devastating wars are begging to pile up, yet there are some key differences. I will go into detail on the similarities, the differences, and how the civilians viewed the war. Both of these wars resulted in the death of many innocent men and women, American soldiers, and forgiven military forces and they shall be remembered for honorably serving their nations. Both the Vietnam and Iraq war we started under false presidencies. In Iraq
This gives the reader an image of thousands of soldiers dying on the battlefield, thus capturing the reader and pulling them into the story in order to try and depict what this scene was like. This can also be connected to third person narrator because Crane describes the internal conflict which Collins faces within himself, and the external conflict that Collins is facing as a soldier on the battlefield. Fred Collins believes that it is necessary to do a heroic deed. This is because war places pressure on the soldiers to feel as though they are able to make a difference and have an important place in defending the country. Throughout the story, Crane uses descriptive imagery in order to put an image of the
The musket, armed with its bayonet as well as the cannon proved to be worthy weaponry advancements in the infantry together with various pistols. The Civil War introduced the revolving pistol as well as the Gatling gun which enabled soldiers to produce rapid fire and destroy enemies in large quantities with a single round. New technological advancements in transportation such as the railroad, enabled large quantities