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How was opposition to the Vietnam War portrayed in contemporary literature, film and popular song

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1: How was opposition to the Vietnam War portrayed in contemporary literature, film and popular song? Opposition to the Vietnam War in literature was portrayed as being dreadful. 'Dispatches' by Michael Herr tells us about the images of bodies being piled up and the makes the war seem like it's a disgrace. All American war films made soldiers look out to be very vicious. The two songs we listened to were "Fixing to die rag" and "Goodnight Saigon". The first song, "Fixing to die rag" is very sarcastic about the war because parents know if they send there sons to war they there is a big chance they will die and the parents don't want that. In the other song"Goodnight Saigon" the war is made out to be a very unhappy place that no-one seems to want to be there. The soldiers don't have anything that they had at home and there is huge shortage of food. It tells us that it was that bad at the war that all the soldiers were really excited about the war and after they were all dead and coming home in body bags. ...read more.

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It also shows that a lot of troops volunteered to go to war or else they were forced to go and if they were forced then it shows that it was no "ragged ass country". Source D shows the government spending for 1968. In 1968 13% of the countries spending went to help the war in Vietnam which was more that what was spent on Education and Welfare together. I think this shows us that the government was taking the war very seriously and that they needed as much help with money as they could get. If it was such an easy war then the Education would have had more money than what the war in Vietnam needed. This help to support that they took the war to easily at the start than what they should have. Source E shows all the presidents that had anything to do with the war. Every one of them predicted an early win to the war and that never happened. This shows us that the government did not take the war seriously. It was President Nixon who calls the ceasefire which shows us that they never took it seriously enough at the start of the war and expected an easy win and in the end up had to call the ceasefire because it was all getting to much for them. ...read more.

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The government is saying they will win the war in a very short time with no problems and the public see what is really happening then they will be against the government and will be against the war. What is really happening is the Americans are not able to take out the cities of the Vietnamese as easily as they thought they would. This shows us that the government haven't lived up to what is really happening and a TV correspondent will show this to get people to go against the war. Source I is really just showing us exactly why a camera man and a TV correspondent can become more important than ten or twenty senators. Its shows us that no matter what orders or what are being said, the camera can point you out to be no better than the enemy. Source J shows us that even the troops don't want to be at the war now even though they did at the start. This shows us that even if you want to show are good you can still be shown out to be just as bad as the enemy. I think from all the sources together that no matter what a picture speaks more words than what a speech will. ?? ?? ?? ?? Scott Brier ...read more.

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