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How was opposition to the Vietnam War portrayed in contemporary literature, film and popular song?
Q1. How was opposition to the Vietnam War portrayed in contemporary literature, film and popular song? In the following extended answer I intend to scrutinize the opposition to the Vietnam War. With the use of contemporary literature, film and popular song I am hopeful that I can express to you how these materials had quite a radical effect on the people's opinion. To begin, we must take into consideration the initial public opinion and contemporary sources on the war on the war in it's originate. The people of America were continually being warned by their leaders that communism was a serious threat to their country. Numerous foreign policies against communist ideology like containment and the Trumine doctrine high-lighted this fear. So it was no great surprise that public opinion was fairly in favour of the war when Johnson announced it after the bombing of an American ship off the gulf of Tonkin in 1965. In fact most contemporary material at that time was actually supportive of the war and its authors did not want to sound unpatriotic by condemning the conflict. For example the film "The Green Berets," released in 1968, before the opposition began to swell, was mainly a pro-war film which influenced people by reinforcing their patriotism. It was indeed a Propaganda film - popular actors like John Wayne had roles in these films to help gain the public support. However as
How was opposition to the Vietnam War portrayed in contemporary literature, film and popular song?
How was opposition to the Vietnam War portrayed in contemporary literature, film and popular song? There is a vast variety of media forms which can influence any person's opinion on certain topics, the strongest of which would be music, literature and film. During the war, Vietnam was one of the more prominent themes up for discussion, and continues to be quite a popular topic today. Artists like Bob Dylan and the Clash were quick to voice their attitudes on social and political events, and the Vietnam War was an important time for this. Many artists decided to use their music as a means of reaching the masses with their own opinions as it was available in so many different ways; through radio, television, and today online. In the same sense, film and literature are both widely accessible. A set of lyrics, a script or a poem can be delivered to vast amounts of people in their thousands, and the views embedded in these circulate and begin to discover a following. This exemplifies the huge influence and major following that media oppositional to the war had and still has today. Depending on the manner in which a song, movie or poem/story was conveyed, it could have a major impact on the ideas of its audience. A very popular way in which musicians expressed their hostility to the war was through satire and comedy, a prime example of which lies with folk-punk group, the Dead
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