William Calley

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  • My Lai Massacre Essay

    The American soldiers were unaware they had done anything wrong at the time aside from a few, who objected to participating in the Massacre at all. It was not until after the slaughter of the people in My Lai that some of Charlie Company began to have doubts. At one point during the massacre, Lieutenant Calley had ordered the death of a group of Vietnamese another American soldier, Paul Meadlo, had been comforting. He had been told to “take care of them,” and a fellow soldier in Charlie Company reported Meadlo was “actually playing with the kids…and giving them candy.” When he was later told by Calley to kill them he was horrified, but carried out the order. It is testified by one soldier that Meadlo “started to cry.” (S.M Hersh 2015, para 10). This exchange was the catalyst of his parting words when Meadlo was airlifted out of My Lai after stepping on a land mine. He told Calley, “God will punish you for what you made me do!” (S.M Hersh 2015, para 5). The end of the massacre resulted in the commanders of Charlie Company censoring the amount of blood shed and ensuring the silence of those present. A helicopter pilot, Chief Warrant Officer Hugh Thompson, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for saving Vietnamese lives. This was true, but the context it was presented in was false: instead of documenting the event where he put…

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  • My Lai Massacre, Jonestown Massacre

    were multilated with the signature “C company” carved into their chest. One soldier testified later, “I cut their throats, cut off their hands, cut out their tongues, scalped the. I did it. A lot of people were doing it and I just followed. I lost all sense of direction.” Hugh Thompson, a helicopter pilot, had come in order to rescue the Vietnamese women and children from the slaughter. At first the death of only 20-28 civillians was reported by C company’s commanding officer, Ernest Medina. In…

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  • A Few Good Men Disobedience

    Do not talk back to your elders. Ask permission to use the restroom. Do the dishes. Take the dog out. Following orders is a task humans are taught in their adolescence. By disobeying such orders, coming from either our parents or from our principal, the consequences may vary between taking TV time away all the way to being suspended from school. These are orders to accomplish one thing precisely: obedience. In the film, A Few Good Men, Lance Cpl. Harold W. Dawson, and Pfc. Louden Downey, were…

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  • My Lai Massacre

    On the morning of March 16, 1968 in a small village called My Lai in the Quang Nai province of Vietnam, small families of mothers, young children, and elderly were naively enjoying their breakfasts and chattering amongst themselves. Not long after, soldiers of the Charlie Company commanded by Lieutenant William Calley Jr. invaded the hamlet in a search and destroy mission (Robertson 465). American soldiers relentlessly and mercilessly attacked unarmed, unresisting Vietnamese families. The air…

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  • William Calley My Lai Case Analysis

    The characterization and public appeal of the members involved determine the public reaction and allow for the government to make their decision. In the case of William Calley, he was described to be “undistinguished…college dropout…insecure” (Hamilton 132) and justified his frequent orders with “I’m the boss” (Hamilton 132). Calley’s portrayal as in an inefficient and impulsive leader of the company allowed for the justification of the cruelties at My Lai. While the direct orders for the search…

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  • Obedience And Civil Disobedience

    interpretation of what should be done (Nelson, class lecture, 2017). This was a common theme during the My Lai massacre. In the morning, when all troops landed at My Lai, they expected heavy gun fire and a hard-fought battle. Intel had said by 7 A.M. all women, children, and elderly would be at the market, leaving the village occupied by the Viet Cong. However, when they got there the women and children were just finishing up breakfast and beginning to work in the fields (Kelman & Hamilton,…

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  • Death Of A Salesman Willy A Good Father Analysis

    In Death of a Salesman by, Arthur Miller, Willy has a desire to be a good father to his son were his dad was not. Willy believes that if he can instill the correct values into Biff so he can be like himself or more successful. The problem Willy is confronted with is that he cares too much as if he is trying to emulate his life in Biffs. Compared to Willy Charley takes a position of hands off while still teaching Bernard to be a good student and by working hard because it will pay dividends later…

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  • Italian Renaissance Master Raphael: The School Of Athens

    on the adjacent wall is entitled Parnassus. This mural displays the Greek God Apollo in his outdoor dwelling place. Apollo was the god of music and poetry, and he is triumphantly in the center of the composition playing an instrument while singing. While these frescoes show ideals that were important in the Antique and Renaissance eras, they also uphold the idea of the arts being so disjointed and classified separately. If a muralist were working today, they would probably want to show…

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  • Denise Levertov's Poem 'Prisoners'

    About Poet: Denise Levertov was born in the United Kingdom 1923 and died in Washington in 1997. Levertov never received a formal education as a kid, therefore, she was taught by her parents about religion and the art of writing. When Levertov was growing up, she was an agnostic (later converted to Christianity in 1984) and many of her poems talk about religion. Due to her writing style, she was considered to be a “Black Mountain” poet. Black Mountain poets were poets in the 1940s and 1950s that…

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  • William Carlos Williams The Young Housewife

    William Carlos Williams is an imagist poet, who superiorly controls the meaning of his poems, using subtle language manipulations. One poem that shows this in particular is The Young Housewife. This poem is about the time the speaker was driving and sees a young housewife near the curb, calling the ice-man and fish-man to come. He compares her to a dried leaf, which at the end, he crushes with his car. This poem was published in 1916, a time when the world was a misogynistic place. Though the…

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