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. The song also tells us that a lot of soldiers were dying because at the start of the song it says “we were sharp” and at the end of the song it says “they were sharp” so this tells us that of the soldiers that went out together not many of them returned home together. Anybody who was against the war would have used this song to show that they wanted there sons back before they were killed.


2: How do Sources A, B and C show support for the war in Vietnam?

Source A supports the war through an official speech by President LB Johnson. Johnson spoke of the three previous wars where Americans were fighting for freedom. He says that this war is to help countries fight for their own freedom, which can’t fight for themselves against communists. They want to stop the growth of communism throughout Asia. America had an agreement with some countries in Asia that they would help them fight against any opposition if they needed the help.

Source B supports the war because it tells us that the majority of America accepted that they had to go to war as their duty to the other countries that they agreed to protect and that they had to fight jus like their fathers had done before them. It was only a small umber of people who didn’t support the war. It tells us that the people who did support the war don’t get enough credit for serving their country where the people who don’t support it are on the news, in papers and on the radio.

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Source C supports the war because it shows that the number of troops volunteering to go to 2 the war rises every year until it’s at half a million troops. This either tells us that the war was well supported or else some people were forced into it.

3: How reliable are Sources F and G as evidence of the activities of US servicemen in Vietnam?

Source F is reliable as it is in a newspaper. Source F was written near the middle of the war and this helps prove that it is reliable as who ever wrote ...

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