Platoon Movie Reflection

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The Vietnam War was a devastating war for both America and Vietnam. The Vietnam war was between Northern and Southern Vietnam due to the communist government in Northern Vietnam. The United States began the war simply sending aid to Southern Vietnam, but soon got much more involved. Many Americans opposed America’s involvement at all because they were not directly involved in the war, causing citizens and soldier to be unsure of their reason for fighting and not aware of the actual struggles and difficulties that came along with war. In the movie Platoon, directed by Vietnam War veteran Oliver Stone, the main character Chris Taylor, is a soldier in the Vietnam War and his experience symbolize the real experiences of a soldier in the Vietnam …show more content…
Because of this, the war ended up being one of the most traumatizing wars for American soldiers in history. Chris Taylor’s experience in the movie reflects the experiences of the United states in the war. At the beginning of the war, both soldiers, and Americans at home were both uneducated about the difficulty and unsure of their reasons for involvement. Chris Taylor, unlike most of the minority soldiers of whom were drafted, was a young, educated, rich, white man who dropped out of college to enlist. The reaction from his fellow soldiers when he revealed this information is how we are shown exactly how uneducated and naive he was. Similarly, we know that America too was very naive going into war because they expected to win easily and quickly. We know that this does not, in fact, happen because the war lasted …show more content…
One experience that reflects this is during the movie, when Chris Taylor is narrating and he talks about how not everyone is meant to fight and that if someone is not fit for war and they are probably going to be severely injured or die in battle, that he believes they should just die early to save themselves the trauma and the suffering, because the suffering of death is better than suffering through war to simply be killed in the end. He also described how being in battle is the worst possible situation to be in, in life because it is essentially torture combined with the fear of dying everyday to have lifelong psychological and possible physical damage if you are lucky enough to survive. Chris Taylor’s view on war reflects the people in America who opposed the war. The suffering, damage, injuries, and death that was endured in the war accurately represents the outcome of war for soldiers who fought in Vietnam war. Another experience that reflects the idea of trauma in war is when one of the other soldiers in Chris Taylor’s troop, Francis, who had previously been injured during battle, makes the conscious decision to stab himself. He does this because the rule in battle is that if someone is injured twice in battle, they are discharged from war. He would rather stab himself than continue fighting in the war. This reflects America’s withdrawal

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