Portrayal of the Opposition to the Vietnam War in Contemporary Literature, Film and Popular Song

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Portrayal of the Opposition to the Vietnam War in Contemporary Literature, Film and Popular Song

In the following extended answer I intend to scrutinize the opposition to the Vietnam War. With the use of contemporary literature, film and popular song I am hopeful that I can express to you how these materials had quite a radical effect on the people’s opinion.

To begin, we must take into consideration the initial public opinion and contemporary sources on the war on the war in it’s originate. The people of America were continually being warned by their leaders that communism was a serious threat to their country. Numerous foreign policies against communist ideology like containment and the Trumine
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American people were quite taken aback, it highlighted the shear death toll of such young Americans. It increased opposition to the war and wiped out most traces of the thought that being against the war was unpatriotic.

The draft law was also largely exploited by the media, one such contemporary cartoon showed American children being forced to sign the draft law while President Johnson supervises them with a jeering grin. This draft law created a lot of controversy as well, many people argued that the senator’s sons didn’t seem to be affected by the dreaded draft law.

Contemporary film changed as well, the film ‘In the Year of the Pig’ was strongly anti-war. It contained scenes of American soldiers being carried off the battle field legless and bloody to the theme of ‘Old Glory’. This sickened American viewers, it tormented the mothers and relatives whose sons and relations were in Vietnam fighting an unjust war and thus provoked more opposition to the war. Another example of contemporary film is The Deer Hunter. It is basically about 3 young men, Michael, Steven and Nick who are young factory workers from Pennsylvania who get drafted to fight in Vietnam. After some time and many horrors the three friends fall in the hands of the Vietcong and are brought to a prison

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