Vietnam and Cinema Essay

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Vietnam, a place where horror and hardships took place, was home to one of the greatest tragedies we as Americans have faced in recent memory. The Vietnam war, otherwise known as the Second Indochina War, spanned from 1959 through 1975 and claimed the lives of nearly three million soldier and civilian lives. Two of the greatest depictions of this war in my opinion were the films We Were Soldiers and Born on the 4th of July. Although both of these movies reflect the same historical event, they offer a unique perspective to one another. We Were Soldiers, directed by Randall Wallace and starring Mel Gibson, emphasized the combat aspects of war and told an inspiring tale of courage and sacrifice in which the 7th Calvary displayed at the battle …show more content…
Moore felt that these men deserved to have a legacy beyond that of dying in war. He felt they deserved to be thought of as heroes rather than savages. It certainly takes an indescribable amount of selflessness to sacrifice personal safety for the greater good of a nation. This is evident as well in the film Born on the 4th of July. Ron Kovic, played by Tom Cruise, decides to enlist in the military as it was a childhood dream of his. Ron found himself in the heart of battle and after sustaining an enemy bullet finds himself paralyzed from the chest down. Kovic learns that he will never walk again. These instances depict the cruel nature of war. Although many disagree with the ways in which we defend our nation, we need to take the time to celebrate those who sacrificed their lives to protect ours. Throughout the war efforts in Vietnam many individuals here in America began to protest against the government. Citizens disagreed with the fact that so many of our friends and family were losing their lives for a war they did not understand. According to Jon Meacham in an article published in Newsweek, “Vietnam was an unmitigated debacle—the wrong war fought the wrong way by presidents who, through misleading the public, did wrong” (Meacham). Ron Kovic after returning home from the hospital began to question whether or not we were doing the right thing by fighting a war in which so many were dying. Ron had always been the type to

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