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Vietnam war, representation work. In this essay I will evaluate the similarities,differences and objectivity of the representations, before I establish which is most reliable regarding the reaction of the American Public in the Vietnam War

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Introduction

´╗┐Both representations are about the way in which people in the USA reacted to the war in Vietnam. Representation 1 is a secondary source, an extract from a book entitled ?The Vietnam War? written by Douglas Willoughby. It would be helpful to know the nationality and age of Douglas Willoughby to determine any possible bias or first-hand experience of the Vietnam conflict. It appears to be an unbiased account of the anti-war movement in America and is written to objectively inform the reader. Representation 2 is a cartoon by an American cartoonist called John Fischetti and is therefore a more subjective representation of anti-war protests, with the intention of entertaining and amusing the radar. ...read more.

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Representation 2 was drawn during the Vietnam War and is a representation of the way that people reacted during the war. As it is mocking those opposing the war, it is likely that this cartoon is from the early years of the war when opposition was not as strong amongst the wider population. Representation 1 covers the period from the first protest organised by Thomas Cornell in New York in 1963, though to the protests by draft dodgers in 1969. Cornell was a ?member of the catholic Worker Movement?/ representation 1 identifies the different people and groups who increasingly opposed the war and protested about American involvement. ...read more.

Conclusion

Representation 2 mocks the protesters and suggests that all protesters were young, Liberal, Hippie pacifists. Representation 2 does suggest the tension and ?bitterness? between those people who supported the war and those who opposed it. This is shown by the aggressive manner of the middle aged, middle class American man asking the protesters to ?Name a Clean One?. This is clearly a similarity with Representation 1. The cartoon however does not reveal that many older Americans, including ex-soldiers increasingly opposed the war. Overall the key differences are the extent of the information and greater reliability provided by Representation 1, as well as the intention of Representation 2 to amuse. As opposed to the intention of Representation 1 to inform. The key similarities are that both are about the protest movement and both demonstrate how Vietnam ?divided the American people?. ...read more.

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