Gender Stereotypes In Sweetheart Of Song Tra Bong

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Register to read the introduction… Instead of staying in her tent braiding her hair or being with her boyfriend, she went on ambushes with special forces and helped out in surgical procedures, gore and all. She, in short, became a soldier. Although this is good for feminism, showing a woman becoming empowered, the case is not good for Fossie. She shows that women were not in fact weak. However, this also shows that, although some men wanted their women to be there with them but Mary Ann’s transformation show that war is not good for anyone, even women. This shows that female and male stereotypes do not always apply.
The chapter “Sweetheart of Song Tra Bong,” is a story about a women overcoming a stereotype, however graphic the story may be. The text shows that anyone can adapt to their environment if need be. She challenges the men’s masculinity with her own gumption and courage. She creates her own way, overtaking the soldier role in her relationship.
Another situation included Curt Lemon’s sister. Two men, Rat Kiley and Curt Lemon had become best friends in the thick
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Anyway one puts it, women have had a hard road in equality, something that was still occurring during the Vietnam War. Women, at the time, were regarded as “second class soldiers” (Carlson, “Women, the Unknown Soldiers”). The nurses had a rough time, especially in training. Apparently, orientation for nurses was a “bloody hell” (Carlson, “Women, the Unknown Soldiers”). “The surgeon threw a pair of scissors at me and said, "Don't just stand there. He's going to lose that arm anyway. Cut it off”” (Carlson, “Women, the Unknown Soldiers”). People perceived the men in Vietnam as the soldiers and the women behind them supporting them. One could perceive the chapter in the novel “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong” as being similar to the quoted nurses circumstances (O’Brien

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