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The Character of Kien in The Sorrow of War

- Family life is very important to the Vietnamese people. Families had a great deal of respect for their ancestors, their present relatives, and the ones yet to come. In the Vietnamese family, sons respected their fathers. Everyone respected the dead and believed in the importance of a proper burial of the dead. The survival and honor of the family rested on these beliefs. Through the course of the war, Kien lost these values: his father was not properly respected, the dead were not appropriately buried, and were even forgotten....   [tags: The Sorrow of War Essays]

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Bao Ninh's Sorrow of War

- Bao Ninh's Sorrow of War When we think of the Vietnam War, we think of all the hell and torture that American soldiers went through with little regard to the Vietnamese and the hardships they endured. Reading the Sorrow of War gave me a clear understanding of the Vietnamese people and the suffering that the war caused them. The Sorrow of War is unique and powerful in the sense that it is written by a Vietnam army veteran and gives the perspective of the war from a Vietnamese soldier. It is one of the few novels that has given the Vietnamese people a voice....   [tags: Vietnam War Ninh Sorrow War Essays]

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Comparing O' Brien's The Things They Carried and Ninh's The Sorrow of War

- Comparing O' Brien's The Things They Carried and Ninh's The Sorrow of War        Bao Ninh's The Sorrow of War is a contrapuntal reading to American literature on the Vietnam War. But rather than stand in stark contrast to Tim O' Brien's The Things They Carried, The Sorrow of War is strangely similar, yet different at the same time. From a post-colonialist standpoint, one must take in account both works to get an accurate image of the war. The Sorrow of War is an excellent counterpoint because it is truthful....   [tags: Things They Carried Sorrow War Essays]

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The Sorrow of War

- It can be hard to fully comprehend the effects the Vietnam War had on not just the veterans, but the nation as a whole. The violent battles and acts of war became all too common during the long years of the conflict. The war warped the soldiers and civilians characters and desensitized their mentalities to the cruelty seen on the battlefield. Bao Ninh and Tim O’Brien, both veterans of the war, narrate their experiences of the war and use the loss of love as a metaphor for the detrimental effects of the years of fighting....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Bao Ninh]

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The Sorrow of War

- What is important to anyone curious is the thought that goes into the title of the book, or translation in this case: The Sorrow of War. It is short and effective, if a little plain, as it exposes the main theme of the book right away while inviting the reader to see how and why. It says what it says: war is bad. War will do nothing but take away everything one knows and loves. War shows the worthless sacrifices of the noble and the virtuous. War forcibly warps human beings into inhuman beasts capable of heinous deeds much like any serial killer....   [tags: The Understanding of Love]

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The Sorrow Of War By Bao Ninh

- ... It was the exact location of where he is along the Ya Crong Poco River. He recalls the napalm being used and how devastating it was. Helicopters where shooting them one by one, and there was nowhere to hide. Kien watched his own battalion leader shoot himself in the head. Kien barley escaped that day with his life. He described blood running from his mouth and bugs crawling over him as he crawled. Playing cards was a passion for Kien, and he talks about how the platoon got smaller and smaller....   [tags: Vietnam, Vietnam War, South Vietnam]

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The Sorrow Of War By Bao Ninh

- “From then on it was called the Jungle of Screaming Souls. Just hearing the name whispered was enough to send chills down the spine” (Ninh 6). Boa Ninhs publication of the novel The Sorrow of War gave a Vietnamese perspective of the Vietnam War which was never heard before. Ninh shows the world the truths of the Vietnam culture that have been censored by the Vietnamese government. He gave the Vietnamese people a voice that they were desperately searching for. The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh tells the uncensored truths of Vietnamese culture through Vietnamese cuisine , afterlife of the dead, war ideology, and Vietnamese economy....   [tags: Vietnam, Vietnam War, South Vietnam, Hanoi]

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Vietnam War Themes in Books Wandering Souls and The Sorrow of War

- Themes of a Soldier’s War The Vietnam War was hard for the country to handle, let alone a single soldier. Many soldiers dealt with different personal and physiological effects of this war. This war in Vietnam was different than any of the other wars. This war was unconventional, when we first entered it was more about the fight against the spread of communism then slowly changed over the years. Going into Vietnam was different in all senses from battle conditions, weather, and heavy jungle environment....   [tags: American History, Vietnam War]

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Theme of War in The Sorrow of Sarajevo by Goran Simic and Duke et Decroum by Wilfred Own

- ... It also has short and simple sentences but therefor very effective. This specific structure is used to mirror. Each stanza in this poem focuses on different aspects of war equally as “Dulce et Decorum”. The first stanza concentrates on sorrow and horror. The second stanza describes the struggle between life and death in Sarajevo. The third stanza illustrates the death of innocence. The fourth stanza depicts the lasting trauma of the siege. Whilst on the other hand “Dulce et Decorum” is also composed of 4 stanzas and uses enjambment, but the sentences are longer and more detailed....   [tags: horror, mistake, poems, war]

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Songs Written During War Times

- “There was never a good war, or a bad peace.” said Benjamin Franklin, showing the importance of peace and unnecessariness of war. The songs are the symbol of sadness, love, desire, sorrow, expectancy and other unnumbered emotions. And on the other hand the lyrics are the voice of the society. Therefore, the lyricists and the artists composed songs for different occasions, such as hunger, poverty, demand for freedom, and war. The war songs were also composed during the World War II, the Vietnam War and the Cold War era as well to illuminate the wishes of the community....   [tags: symbol, sorrow, desire, anger]

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Disorder and Early Sorrow

- Thomas Mann, the author of “Disorder and Early Sorrow,” grew up in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century into the newly created Germany. Loathing school, Mann fails to graduate and must teach himself after realizing his mistake. Diligently, Mann prepares for a career in journalism by studying history, economics, and literature at a university. As the Great War arrives, his career stops abruptly but gets rekindled by his political short story “Reflections of an Unpolitical Man,” which purely focuses on the problem of being of German nationality after the war (Mann 1)....   [tags: Literature Review]

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The War Of The Vietnam War

- When one ponders vital characteristics, one of the initial traits that comes to mind is bravery. Raised in a culture swarming with images of brave acts, children hastily develop a desire to express bravery themselves. They yearn to show courage in the face of danger; to stand up for their beliefs. It is due to this culture that war is consistently glorified; fighting for peace appears to be the most honorable thing for a man to do. As a result, war may often have a robust backing as a powerful tool for change....   [tags: Vietnam War, Posttraumatic stress disorder]

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Shame And Its Impact On The Vietnam War

- ... Rat Kiley tries to feed the buffalo but it does not eat, so Kiley steps back and shoots the animal in its knee. “He shot it in the hindquarters and in the little hump at its back. He shot it twice in the flanks. It wasn 't to kill; it was to hurt” (78-79). Eventually, the other members of the Alpha Company dumped the water buffalo in a near well to finally kill it. Hence, O 'Brien concludes that a true war story, like the one about the water buffalo, is never about war; instead, it is about love, memory, and “It 's about sorrow” (85)....   [tags: Vietnam, Vietnam War, Fiction, Short story]

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The War Of War And Nazi Atrocities

- ... They perceived it as a symbol to disentangle themselves from an ill-directed, unnecessary war. After the Vietnam War, when the repatriation of U.S. servicemen to their hometown for burial became a routine, their bones became a powerful tool to convene people to mourn for the squandering of lives. When a flag-draped casket of a soldier’s skeleton is transported to his hometown and publicized by the journalists or media, his tombstone magnetized his friends, neighbors, and people who were attracted by his story to assuage each other’s grief....   [tags: Cold War, Communism, Soviet Union, World War II]

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Pain and Sorrow in the Works of Emily Dickinson

- Introduction Almost unknown as a poet in her lifetime, Emily Dickinson is now considered as one of the most mysterious and original American poets of 19th century for her innovation in rhythmic meters and creative use of metaphors. Her poems were rarely published in Russia because most of them had religious content (to express religious feelings was restricted in Russia for almost a century). However, some poems that I read impressed me at the first glance. Dickinson’s poems spoke powerfully to me about meaningful events in living....   [tags: Emily Dickinson Poetry]

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Mark Atwood Lawrence´s The Vietnam War: A Concise International History

- Mark Atwood Lawrence’s The Vietnam War: A Concise International History shows readers an international affair involving many nations and how the conflict progressed throughout its rather large existence. Lawrence starts his book in a time before America was involved in the war. It starts out with the French trying to colonize the nation of Vietnam. Soon the United States gets involved and struggles to get its point across in the jungles of Indo-China. Much of the book focuses on the American participation in helping South Vietnam vie for freedom to combine the country as a whole not under Communist rule....   [tags: affair, freedom, country, war]

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The Sorrow of the Trail of Tears

- ... It is estimated that, “By the end of the 1830's, the Southeast Indians had lost sixty to ninety percent of the estimated 150,000 of the original Indian population...”, before the relocation (“The Five Tribes”). The Cherokee Indians, by far, suffered and lost the most. A small group of Cherokee, thought it better to avoid being forced off their land by the military, and relocated to Oklahoma fared mostly well. However, the large remainder of the tribe, opposed leaving, and thus the Georgia militia confronted this group and practiced a scorched earth policy....   [tags: ethics, racism, oppression, tribes]

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Incidents upon Salisbury Plain Poem

- The poem Incidents upon Salisbury Plain (otherwise known as Guilt and Sorrow) is a prime example of Wordsworth’s political visions of revolution for social equality, being weaved into his poetry. In the poem, Wordsworth writes of a society wrought with war and the misery experienced by a vagrant woman and wandering soldier. The poem captures a sense of despair, loneliness and disillusionment - no doubt a poetic representation of how it felt to live in a time of civil unrest. It could be said that the wanderer is comparable to the lower class, displaced without care, constantly searching for a sense of belonging....   [tags: guilt and sorrow, revolution, wordsworth]

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The Vietnam War Controversies

- It is an honor to be given the opportunity to stand before you all today. In the United States the word “Nam” has come to embody many things for the people. This tiny, unremarkable word carries with it a tremendous weight. It can give one a variety of feelings such as, but not limited to, sorrow, disgust, anger, embarrassment, regret, and confusion (Newman 700). Many, it seems, would rather forget, particularly those viewing this war as one of the worst moments in American history. Believing the war in Vietnam to hold a just and vitally necessary cause, the pro-war movement has sanctioned for even more direct military intervention in Asia throughout the President's term, ranting for larger...   [tags: televised war, economy]

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Destruction of Man by War

- “I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. I see how peoples are set against one another, and in silence, unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slay one another” (Erich Maria Remarque). 1914 and the barbaric, brutal World War 1 has just began. Young, adolescent men face the life changing war, molding them to become, no longer an average civilian, yet a man fighting for the safety of his own self....   [tags: world war i, death, soldier]

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The Battle Of Gettysburg And The Civil War

- From 1861 to 1865 America was caught in a brutal civil war between the Union states and the Confederate states. Thousands of lives were lost and America was torn between the North and the South. Often, The Civil War is referred to as one incident when discussing its significance and impact. However, The Civil War itself included approximately 10,500 battles and other military actions, fifty of which were battles of major significance. One of fifty major battles is the Battle of Gettysburg in which more than 50,000 soldiers total suffered casualties....   [tags: American Civil War, Confederate States of America]

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Rhetorical Analysis Of War : Erich Wiessner

- Rhetorical Analysis of WAR Erich Wiessner University of Texas at El Paso   Rhetorical Analysis of War “Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge” a quote from Sir Winston Churchill (1923, p.623) he used to describe the geopolitics of the First World War is found an apt characterization of Publicis Singapore’s WAR (see appx). Created for Crisis Relief Singapore’s “Liking isn’t helping” ad campaign as an argument against self-gratifying passive acknowledgment and a call for substantive action marketed to a global audeance....   [tags: Rhetoric, Logic, Winston Churchill, World War II]

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A Disengaged Connection in Luigi Pirandello´s War

- It is important to understand how different situations in life cause a variety of emotions that affect people in many ways. Quite often, the most influential situation in one’s life is one so catastrophic and life-changing. Because people typically are not to fond of change, they are stuck in the denial of their reality until they are forced to come to terms with it. In War, a short story by Luigi Pirandello, a group of people are forced to hear one another’s stories of their hardships derived from the war....   [tags: change, hardship, war, tone]

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The Attack On American Soil During The World War II

- December 7th, 1941. This was the date of one of the most significant attacks on American soil in United States history. It was on this date that the Japanese Empire launched an attack on the American naval base Pearl Harbor. Within two hours, the Japanese managed to destroy nearly twenty American naval vessels, more than three hundred airplanes, with more than two thousand casualties and another thousand wounded ( Staff). Prior to the attack, relations between the United States and Japan were becoming progressively worse, but no violent measures were taken....   [tags: World War II, United States]

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A Small, Good Thing A Short Story by Raymound Carver

- Ingrained within the American identity is a restless spirit that is never content to be defined by the same terms for too long. Yet the things Americans value remain the same, evidenced by the titles they strive so hard to attain—husband, wife, mother, father. These titles represent who Americans are as much as what they are. They are the roles that give Americans purpose and meaning. The defining aspect of Raymond Carver's short story, “A Small, Good Thing,” is the fact that its characters are undeniably American....   [tags: blue-collar american, sorrow, mind set]

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Tolstoy's War and Peace

- Tolstoy's War and Peace Summary War and Peace tells the story of the Rostovs, an upper-class family in Russia, and several people associated with them. It follows the characters through fifteen years during the Napoleonic Wars, from 1805 to 1820. It gives a fictional description of the events in the life of the Rostov family as well as some of the historical events of the time. Analysis Tolstoy is regarded by some as the greatest writer about war (Bayley 16). He includes details in the military scenes of War and Peace....   [tags: Tolstoy War Peace Essays]

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Critical Circumstances of the Vietnam War

- ... As the story unfolds, Kien recalls his position as a platoon commander responsible for collecting corpses, but then turns in for the night on a hammock on a transport truck very close to the edges of The Jungle of Screaming Souls. Being a survivor of many gruesome battles within this jungle, Kien suddenly begins to suffer from vivid flashbacks of his time fighting. He also recalls the desperation of him and his comrades, who would consume hallucinogenic concoctions to numb the horror and inhumanity of the warring situation....   [tags: communism, china, russia]

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The War On Terrorism And The United States

- The War on Terrorism On November 13th, 2015, a terrorist attack was lead on Paris and succeeded in killing one hundred and thirty people and injuring over three hundred. On November 24th, President Obama and President Hollande of Paris held a joint press conference to address the happenings on the thirteenth. President Obama immediately expressed his, and our country’s, sorrow for the events and explained the United States will stand united with France on the war against terrorism. During Obama’s first statement, the president explained how the attacks on Paris were not just an attack on France, but of the whole world....   [tags: United States]

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First World War Poets

- First World War Poets The First World War poets were able to affect the emotions of their readers. Choose two or more poems that have affected you in some way, and analyse how the poets have achieved this affect. The subject of war is a delicate one to write about. However, Wilfred Owen expertly describes the horrors of conflict to his readers in a way few are able to. He conveys images and uses language in ways that can move the reader. In this essay I will look at two of his poems, written during and after the war, and aim to discuss the methods Owen uses in order to successfully influence the readers’ emotions....   [tags: World War One Poets Poetry Poems Essays]

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War Wrecked their Life

- ... “…In effect, they saved each other” (Page 165). War ended, finishing the veiling as Athos and Jakob moved to Toronto, Canada and later Jakob decided to get married and dedicate himself to poetry and translating. The “shadow” of Jakob’s tragedy when he was little is somewhat “Covered” by the love of Alex, his first married women, notwithstanding, the actual fact that Jakob failed to apprehend what actually happened to Bella had left a terrible scar in his heart. He was always hurting from knowing whether or not if she was alive....   [tags: Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels]

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The Views of Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen on War

- The Views of Rupert Brooke and Wil My selected poems are 'The Soldier' by Rupert Brooke and 'Dulce et Decorum est' by Wilfred Owen. Both war poems but conveying their different feelings and presenting their views of war in radically different ways. The poets have polarized views of war with Rupert Brooke writing his poem in a romanticized and patriotic way referring to the possibility of death as a noble cause, for England the land that gave him life. This is at odds to how Wilfred Owen views the reality and horror of war....   [tags: Poets War Poetry The Soldier Essays]

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How War was Portrayed in Beowulf

- How War was Portrayed in Beowulf The anonymous author of Beowulf can easily be construed as either arguing for or against war in its basic form. However, on a deeper level, the author is giving a profound and perhaps comforting view of war during this time period. The author we know has a great respect for wyrd or fate. We know that the outcome of any engagement of war is already pre-ordained by the Almighty so how could one argue for or against war when the general consensus was that there was really nothing to be done about it....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essays]

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War and Death in Soldier Written by Rupert Brooke

- ... Which shows that even after 100 years, Owens poems are still just as relevant. Personifying the guns as monstrous and angry portrays them important and the slaughters, more important than human life, as humans die like cattle. The guns are further described with alliteration and onomatopoeia, with the repeated use of the letter “r” in the line “Only stuttering rifles rapid rattle” which sounds like a gun firing, and also the words “stuttering, rattle and patter” as the double “t” intimidates the sound of the guns....   [tags: good, bad, waste, honorable]

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Music of The Civil War

- The War Between the States was complex. If you wish to understand the events, you should refer to a textbook. Music of the time, however, helps us delve into people’s thoughts and opinions on the war, slavery, and many other important issues in our country’s history. Prior to the civil war, American music followed its European roots. During the civil war, American music began to develop in its own way, largely influenced by the music of the African-Americans. The war produced many well-known songs....   [tags: essays research papers]

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War in The Killer Angels

- War in The Killer Angels Fabulous insight into the military mind, the minds of men, the minds of people dedicated to a cause greater than themselves. Michael Shaara gives us a dozen characters worth caring about from both armies, and then plunges them into one of the most terrible things in America's history the "Battle of Gettysburg" The book is a great depiction on the American Civil War. The book is repulsing, the massive slaughter of "Americans by Americans" over human slavery....   [tags: Papers]

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different sides of war

- Whether war is our only option to resolving problems in the world or not, there are many reasons why war is equally futile and heroic. All through history, men have been making amends and settling issues through acts of war. This is especially shown true in a book titled The Iliad. Throughout the epic, men of supernatural strength and intelligence prove themselves by battling their enemies. The victors of these battles were thought of as both heroic and brave. On the other hand the casualties of these wars have proven that war really was futile....   [tags: essays research papers]

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World War I and World War II

- World War I and World II are basically the same, right. Well, one can also say they have nothing in common. The comparison of the two wars is conceivable, but it is thought-provoking because they are such widespread notions. This concept applies to Araby, written by James Joyce during WWI, and The Flash, written by Italo Calvino during WWII. In Araby, the protagonist falls in love with a girl, but love deceives him. In his moment of epiphany, “[g]azing up into the darkness [he] saw [himself] as a creature driven and derided by vanity; and [his] eyes burned with anguish and anger” (Joyce 1)....   [tags: Comparative]

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The Inferior Status Of The Congo

- The inferior status that has been inherited by the women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has resulted in the objectification of them. Due to this lack of respect for women, during one of the deadliest wars since World War II, the Congolese civil war has brought about pain and suffering upon women and has stripped away their rights. A multiple award winning film, War Witch, displayed circumstances young girls have to live through and how those circumstances impact them. War witch was primarily filmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and was centered on the Congolese civil war in Sub Sahara Africa....   [tags: World War II, War, Civil war, Congo]

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Feelings of Grief and Sorrow

- ... Any event that distinguishes their child’s development from that of a healthy individual has the risk of triggering a chronic sorrow episode. These events tend to be major life milestones such as learning to walk, to write, speech development, driving a car, graduating high school, etc. Parents of highly dependent children can feel chronic sorrow more intensely and with higher frequency due to the draining demands of being a primary caregiver, possibly for the rest of their child’s life into adulthood....   [tags: chronic sorrow, grief]

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Walt Whitman and the Civil War

- Walt Whitman is a famous poet in American history and the founder of free style of writing poem. He was well-known with his work of Leaves of Grass and Drum-Taps. Walt Whitman was inspired to write poems about Civil War and changed his style of writing after experiencing the horrible result of the war. Walt Whitman was born in West Hills, Long Island, on May 31, 1819. He is the second son of eight siblings in the family. In his early life, Whitman received a formal education until age of 11 because he needed to help his father to support the big family....   [tags: american history, poet, drum-taps]

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What is the War on Terrorism

- What is the “war on terrorism?” A lot of people have different views on it but my perspective is that it is a series of tragedies led by a group of individuals or a single person that hates everything America stands for. These accounts of terror can include bombing, shooting, or even just injuring innocent people. Even though America is only 238 years old, it has been through so much terror such as having ten wars, so many natural disasters, shootings, and Islamic extremists attacking America such as the nine eleven attack, the Benghazi scandal, and the Boston bombing....   [tags: 9-11, Boston bombings, Al Qaeda]

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What´s the War on Terror?

- What is the “war on terrorism?” A lot of people have different views on it but my perspective is that it is a series of tragedies led by a group of individuals or a single person that hates everything America stands for. These accounts of terror can include bombing, shooting, or even just injuring innocent people. Even though America is only 238 years old, it has been through so much terror such as having ten wars, so many natural disasters, shootings, and Islamic extremists attacking America such as the nine eleven attack, the Benghazi scandal, and the Boston bombing....   [tags: islamic terrorists, bombings, shootings]

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The U.S.- Mexican War

- The United States has always has been an oppressor of its neighboring countries, making any and all populations that stand in the way of what it wants an enemy. The U.S.-Mexican War was a violent and shattering event for Mexican citizens that lasted from 1846-1848. It drastically altered the course of Mexican and American history for years to come. Once the debilitating battle ended, the United States emerged a world power having acquired more than 500,000 square miles of valuable territory and Mexico spent years recovering from the loss of land and Mexican citizens....   [tags: U.S. History ]

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Horror of War Exposed in Dulce et Decorum Est

- Horror of War Exposed in Dulce et Decorum Est We have all heard war stories that seemed exciting and adventurous. Some stories are of men who gladly laid down their lives in the glory of battle and would do so again if given the chance. These stories tickle our sentiment and ease the pain of real war, but they do little to help us understand war's brutality. In his poem "Dulce et Decorum Est," Wilfred Owen does not attempt to pull the blood stained wool over our eyes. Instead of a novel quip, Owen gives us a look into the real horror of war....   [tags: Dulce et Decorum Est Essays]

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The Great War

- The Great War To understand the human catastrophe that was the “Great War,” it is imperative to consider the socializing factors that shaped the generation of men whose lives and futures were forever altered by one of the most costly events of the twentieth century. A large, naïve membership who had, for the most part, only known the fruits of industrialization and the patriotic highs of nationalism, this generation quickly found itself amidst the horrors of...   [tags: Papers]

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The Chocolate War

- The Chocolate War Many people often meet different characters in literature and in life that they admire or despise. They conclude if those characters are good or evil and at the same time they reflect on the choices and responsibilities that those characters have. From The Chocolate War I admire Roland Goubert or The Goober based on his actions. I despise Archie Costello (The Assigner of The Vigils) because of the choices that he made and also because of his actions. I admire Roland Goubert (The Goober) the most of all the characters within this book because he is honest, loving, and a loyal friend to Jerry....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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The World Of The Day

- ... It was over water and food transports to the African countries, there was a lot of death due to the Europeans delaying to ship the vital food and water, for a cheap enough rate to sustain the sizeable population of Africa. The United States president Robert Whitman seeing the trouble and how it could affect the United States, had decided to make a speech in front of the White House. He had ordered the news reporters to broadcast his speech in 40 different languages. The speech would appear on international television and on every Mobile Device around the world....   [tags: World War II, World War I]

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The Trauma of War Conveyed in Ninh's Short Story, A Marker on the Side of the Boat and the Film, Barbed Wire and Mandolins

- War is cruel. The Vietnam War, which lasted for 21 years from 1954 to 1975, was a horrific and tragic event in human history. The Second World War was as frightening and tragic even though it lasted for only 6 years from 1939 to 1945 comparing with the longer-lasting war in Vietnam. During both wars, thousands of millions of soldiers and civilians had been killed. Especially during the Second World War, numerous innocent people were sent into concentration camps, or some places as internment camps for no specific reasons told....   [tags: Film Analysis, Movies]

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Tim O'Brien's Captivating and Life-Changing Story The Things They Carried

- ... “As first lieutenant and platoon leader, Jimmy Cross carried a compass, maps, code books, binoculars, and a .45 caliber pistol that weighted 2.9 pounds fully loaded” (O'Brien, 1990). He received a pebble from Martha that he carried for luck. We are given different weights of each of the items, but the heaviest burden was his guilt from Ted Lavender getting killed. The burden got so heavy that he had to unload the weight of his dreams of Martha. He burned the letters and photographs. Henry Dobbins was the machine gunner and carried the M-60 along with the ammunition....   [tags: vietnam war, soldiers, battlefield]

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A Hero, President Abraham Lincoln

- ...   Abraham Lincoln runs for presidency in the 1860’s it is thought he was chosen since he did not have extreme views on slavery in a sense he rarely talked about slaves during his campaigning.During the days of election “Me and my wife were at a friends house drinking tea when a young man comes barging through the door saying Mr.Lincoln did you her the news you one the elections i am shocked that i have one the elections and coming from a poor family and my wife did not belive i would be elected nor did I then am filled with joy”.The News spreads like wild fire that the underdog wins the elections and the South is infuriated they create rally and governors from the south come together and...   [tags: civil war, slaves, freedom]

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Destruction of a Great City in The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

- ... Conflicts have risen between nations yet no one seems to understand what breeds the conflict. While destruction may be the end, deception is its mean. War must be the last resort for any country. The hostilities present in the battle cannot be compared to anything. The chance of getting killed looms in the mind of every soldier. War has shadowed the whole of human history. The availability of powerful weapons has scaled up the casualties derived from armed conflicts. By manufacturing and improving countless weapons, people ensured that armed conflicts in the future would be far deadlier....   [tags: power, invaders, marcians]

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All Quiet on the Western Front: Youth at War

- All Quiet on the Western Front: The Youth at War Lost: unable to find one’s way; gone, no longer in existence; confused; destroyed; lacking morals, or spiritual hope; forlorn.(Encarta Dictionary) The word lost takes on a whole new, three-dimensional meaning when used to describe a generation of young soldiers in Erich Maria Remarque’s novel, All Quiet on the Western Front. This fictional account of the First World War traces its effects on the protagonist, Paul Baumer, and his German comrades....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Erich Maria Remarque]

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Why the South Fought the War

- D. W. Griffith's film "Birth of a Nation" shows that the South fought the war not only to protect slavery, but also to preserve a whole culture, a way of life. Their wealth and identity belonged to the land they lived on. Southerners fought to protect sovereignty, pride, identity, and their decision to secede which was under attack by a despot - President Lincoln. Few of the southerners could give up their culture without a fight. "Birth of a Nation" tells the story of the Civil. One of its main missions is to portray the true southern way of life....   [tags: American History]

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Consequences of War in the Short Story, The Fly by Katherine Mansfield

- ... Woodifield. An office that has just been refurbished which he is very proud of. Only one thing is different this time. After the two friends share a whiskey, Mr. Woodifield recollects something that he wanted to tell the boss. While Mr. Woodifield daughters were on a visit to their brother’s graveyard, they spotted the boss, son’s graveyard nearby. The boss ignores the rest of his story and quickly shows him the way out. The boss is clearly upset. The war had taken away his son. Six years ago....   [tags: boss, son, death]

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War is Kind by Stephanie Peace and Wilfred Owen’s Anthem for Doomed Youth

- War is Kind by Stephanie Peace and Wilfred Owen’s Anthem for Doomed Youth War and peace, another saga in the on going battle of good versus evil. Ironically though, war (evil) is created in the process of pursuing peace (good.) The world today believes that peace is freedom, the right to live, and a harmony between all. Certain places or people do not agree with this though, so the “good” must go in and conquer the “evil” in order to create peace. Where as Claude McKay would agree with me that war serves to create peace, Wilfred Owen would more than likely say that war does nothing but bring death....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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War and Lust of Power in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

- Considered one of the darkest and most influential of the tragedies, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth tells of the effects one suffers due to war and the lust for power. Macbeth himself is led to believe that he deserving and destined to become the king of Scotland, and allows his thoughts and actions to become corrupted due to his ambition. While Macbeth loses himself in his conspiracies to murder his king and his friends, the character of Macduff shows true strength and honor throughout the play....   [tags: murder, tragic, lust, power]

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The Attack On The Twin Towers Of The World War I

- From the conqueror Genghis Khan to the conquering Roman Empire, from the discovery of America to the defeat of the Spanish Armada, and from World War I to the attack on the Twin Towers, international events have changed the course of history. However, the most significant change in history which directly affected every historical event following it is the Fall found in Genesis 3. The spirit of man being under his mind, will, and emotions, separation from God, the need of a Savior, Satan becoming the enemy of mankind, pain in child birth, a hierarchy in marital status, cursed ground, hard work for sustenance, and death - these are the effects caused by the Fall which directly influence manki...   [tags: Adam and Eve, Garden of Eden, Book of Genesis]

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- The U.S.-Mexican War was a violent and shattering event for Mexican citizens that lasted from 1846-1848 in what is now the state of Texas. It drastically altered the course of Mexican and American history for years to come. It occurred because of the unsettled disputes about the borders of newly annexed Texas. Once the debilitating battle ended, the United States emerged a world power having acquired more than 500,000 square miles of valuable territory. There are many potentially feasible explanations on the cause of the war; including, fault laying with American slaveholders for conquest of Mexico, the war as an American plot and responsibility lying with President Polk of the United States...   [tags: U.S. History ]

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Vietnam War

- Upon reading the novel After Sorrow, written by Lady Borton, I have realized that my view of the Vietnam War was skewed. Although I didn’t live through the Vietnam War unlike my parents and their peers, I thought I was close enough in age to fully understand what happened during that time in my countries history. This novel gave the account of the Vietnamese War told by the people of Vietnam who lived there during that time. The American soldiers used bombs, napalm, Agent Orange and other horrible weapons to kill the “Viet Cong.” The government justified the killing of the Viet Cong because they were under the impression that they were all communists....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Man I Killed By Tim O ' Brien

- The Man I Killed, a short story about the traumatic experience of the Vietnam War was written by Tim O’Brien and published in 1990. As a scholar who graduated from Macalester College, O’Brien was drafted into the army to fight in Vietnam, which shattered his plan of continuing his studies. He felt obligated to fight in a war he did not want to participate in. After returning from Vietnam, he began writing to cope with his suffering. In the story, O’Brien depicts how the murder he committed had a profound impact on his life physically and psychologically....   [tags: Vietnam War, Vietnam, South Vietnam]

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Reality of War in Crane's War is Kind and Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade

- Reality of War in Crane's War is Kind and Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade         An overwhelming tendency to fight and battle has plagued humankind since the dawn of the written word. Countless wars have been fought since the dawn of man and most times such conflict exists simply for its own sake with no productive end. Immense human suffering and death can be caused by conflicts that hold little logical justification. Since the birth of the written word, criticism and discussion have persistently followed the topic of war....   [tags: Charge of the Light Brigade Essays]

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People 's Education Level Analysis

- ... Nafisi finds that through creative thinking, each person can use their experiences to have a better understanding of the meaning behind literature. As Nafisi and her students read different stories and share their experiences, they feel a lot more comfortable with themselves. O’Brien finds that soldiers and civilians have different experiences and expectations when it comes to war. Because civilians feel that war stories have a greater purpose, soldiers often fabricate the details of their stories....   [tags: Short story, War, Person, ConTeXt]

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The Assassination Of Abraham Lincoln

- ... Never does Whitman address slavery or success in unifying the nation and it can certainly be argued that the ship is either the Union or America as a whole. However, the elegy’s articulation of President Lincoln directing the nation to peace is undeniable. The credit of the Civil War’s ending success is clearly spelled out in the tenth line when Whitman writes, “Rise up – for you the flag is flung – for you the bugle trills” (465). In its entirety, this poem is written first and foremost about and for the late president....   [tags: American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln]

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- Sorrow      Whether it is getting a bad grade in English class, leaving home to go to college, or losing a loved one, we all experience sorrow. Sorrow a pain or distress of the mind caused by a loss or misfortune. It is a part of life that we all must learn to deal with. People cope with sorrow in different ways. Certain people let every misfortune that they encounter get to them. They flip out if they get a C on one of the many minute assignments in a class. If they get a traffic ticket, they think the world is coming to the end....   [tags: Sadness Sorrow]

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Sorrow Of Young Werther by Goethe

- Death has been the consequent for the main characters in each of the first four novels read for the course. The protagonist in each of the first four novels; Werther, Rafael, Ivan Ilyich, and K., respectively; met their demise on the final page of their respective novels. All four directly or indirectly were the cause of their painful demise. Werther chose suicide over conforming to the ways of adulthood, and moving further away from nature. Rafael chose to live a life of possessions, and in turn, his inner-self dwindled....   [tags: Goethe Sorrow Young Werther]

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War Poem about Leaving Love

- Leaving Love My love is pleading with me Telling me not to leave her I can feel her agony deep inside myself too She is on her knees begging Our bond of love is strong, I feel terrible to leave her But I then departed, I gave her my heart Then my journey to the army I started In training now Preparing for a war That will soon be upon us In which my head shall bow For my country or more For months now working Training in long, hard sessions Of every hour, and every day Countless soldiers scream in depression They want to be back home....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Rhythmical Patterns in William Blake's Infant Sorrow

- Rhythmical Patterns of "Infant Sorrow" in William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience In Songs of Innocence and of Experience, by William Blake, we come to the realization that although innocence and experience are dichotomies it’s common for a reader of songs to detect experience in a poem about innocence and vice versa. To fully understand "Infant Sorrow" a look at the definition of innocence and its relationship to experience is needed. According to the American Heritage Dictionary innocence is defined as uncorrupted by evil, malice, without wrongdoing, sinless, and not experienced....   [tags: William Blake Infant Sorrow]

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Explore the Presentation of Death in War Photographer, Remember and Mother in a Refugee Camp.

- The theme of death in the poems “War Photographer”, “Remember”, and “Mother in a Refugee Camp” were all portrayed in different forms to explore death and the suffering it brings. The variations of death in the three poems create a diverse image of death, which some people can relate to through the different situations of loss. “Remember” by Christina Rossetti fashions an image of death because the speaker wanted her husband to remember all the memories they had shared during her life. Rossetti found it necessary to portray death as a spiritual place rather than a physical state of decomposition so that she can finally escape to a place of silence to avoid all the darkness in her life....   [tags: grief, battlefield, memories]

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The Portrayal of War in the Poems, The Cry of South Africa and Drummer Hodge

- Thomas Hardy (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) was an English author who considered himself mainly as a poet. A large part of his work was set mainly in the semi-fictional land of Wessex. In 1898 Hardy published a collection of poems written over 30 years, Wessex Poems his first volume of poetry. Emma Lavinia Gifford, Hardy’s wife, whom he married in 1874. He became alienated from his wife, who died in 1912; her death had a traumatic effect on him. He remained preoccupied with his first wife's death and tried to overcome his sorrow by writing poetry, he dictated his final poem to his first wife on his deathbed....   [tags: Poetry Analysis, Poem Comparison]

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The Great War: Why Soilders Felt Like They Needed to Fight?

- Despite the horrors of trench warfare during World War I, reasons why soldiers continued to fight include being influenced by propaganda, enjoying the thrill of fighting, and having nothing else to live for. These motivations differed from the civilians at home because the latter group were not under the direct influence of a manipulative military or intense public pressure, nor did they experience the true nature of fighting on the battlefield. For the most part, these sentiments were shared by soldiers on both the Central Powers and the Allied sides, except for people who had little enthusiasm to fight since the beginning of the war, such as the Italians and minority groups....   [tags: propanganda, thrill, fighting]

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The Charge Of The Light Brigade

- We are often unaware of the cost of war on humans. We might calculate the numerical cost of weapons and equipments, but disregard the cost of cognitive, physical, and psychological on soldiers, civilians, and the entire world. To countries in conflict, war is more than the numerical cost in dollars. War brings the most awful in mankind, additionally demonstrates our boldness, our faith, and our ability to sacrifice. It also takes so much time to recover from its effect. Arts, including poetry succeed to show the horrific meaning of the war....   [tags: Poetry, Charge of the Light Brigade, Crimean War]

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The Photo Burst Of Joy Taken By Photographer Slava

- The inevitably of conflicts occurring between us is something we’ve come to the realization, is going to be a forever struggle. There are so many people on this planet that to maintain peace, isn’t always going to work. Unfortunately for many that means being involved in conflicts rising as great as wars. The photo Burst of Joy taken by photographer Slava “Sal” Veder captures the joy an American soldier experiences after returning home from the war in Vietnam. The war in Vietnam was fought between the north Vietnam and the south, (as well as its principal ally, the United States) between 1954-1975....   [tags: Vietnam War, Vietnam, English-language films]

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Analysis Of ' The Film ' Of Casablanca '

- During the film of Casablanca there was many occasions where each character had a connection with the other. The entire film seemed to be about a man who is going through multiple complications of reality consequences without informing and information towards his loved one. As you can see in the movie Rick is trying to solve and corporate with as many unideal situations for the sake of keeping his partner llsa safe and unaware from the events at all times. The Films shows motivation between him trying to do whats best for him and Llsa who is the partner of rick shows a high trait of curiosity and awareness....   [tags: World War II, Franklin D. Roosevelt]

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Impact of World War One on American Literature

- The Impact of World War One on American Literature As people mature, their beliefs evolve; as a child it is easy to be guided by adults, to believe in adults. As adults, people have their own beliefs. It is the period in the middle that is the hardest. As children begin to grow, they begin to push limits and question authority. The modernist period in American literature is comparable to those teenage years. In the early stages of American literature, America looked to her mother England for guidance....   [tags: Literature Essays Literary Criticism]

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The Path to War in This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff

- Must you have battle in your heart forever. The bloody toil of combat. --Homer, The Odyssey Shortly after the publication of his memoir, This Boy’s Life, Tobias Wolff addressed the topic of Vietnam. When asked about the influence of Vietnam in This Boy’s Life, Wolff responded that he “wanted the reader to be aware very early on that this boyhood is a progression to a place. That the boyhood obsession with weapons has a terminus somewhere, that it ends in war. There’s a logical progression in the kind of life that boys are encouraged to lead and dream of in this country....   [tags: This Boy’s Life 2014]

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Karen van der Zee's A Secret Sorrow and Gail Godwin's A Sorrowful Woman

- Karen van der Zee's A Secret Sorrow and Gail Godwin's A Sorrowful Woman Though fulfilling love, happiness and trust in a relationship can be comforting, couples often are unsuccessful in finding or keeping the love that their relationship need; even if issues may interfere within the relationship, couples should find a way in working through their problems. Once a couple's happiness, trust and love have been fulfilled, they can experience unconditional love. Although they would need to make every possible step to heal their relationship, if and when their relationship breaks down, there is still much they can learn....   [tags: Zee Sorrow Godwin Sorrowful Essays]

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We Should Never Meet By Aimee Phan

- ... Mia doesn’t live in the United States nor in Vietnam because she felt betrayed. She is disappointed by the lack of responsibility that both nations help to provide for her, as she is one of the many people who were affected by the conflicted of these two nations. It motivated her to achieve in her academics so she can start a new life far away from what reminds her of why she doesn’t belong to the Viennese and American culture. She is ambitious to get out of California and lacks to stay in communication with her friend Kim and foster parents....   [tags: United States, Family, Vietnam War, Korean War]

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The Last Laugh And Dulce Et Decorum

- ... Furthermore, thoughts of families prove to be pointless when the soldiers seek protection in the war. In line 6, “Another sighed, -- ‘O Mother, --mother,--Dad!” the soldier is crying out to his parents through the sufferings of war, although nothing good comes out of it. Here, love shows a sense of faith, but it does not conquer the difficulty of war. The character is inferred to be a young person who is unmarried, since he wishes for his parents instead of a loved one during his depressing moment of time....   [tags: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori, World War I]

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President Johnson's Political Positions: Vietnam and the New Deal

- 1. How did Johnson respond to the Vietnam War Protests. The Vietnam War would be the event that dominated Lyndon Johnson's presidency and dictated his public view at the time and his place in American history. The Johnson administration's actions in Vietnam greatly soured Johnson's public image and would take much pride out of Johnson. As public support of the war declined rapidly, Johnson was puzzled at how he should respond to the growing opposition of his foreign policies. While Johnson coveted support of the people, he wished to please the war hawks in his administration in government, and these pressures would outweigh the overwhelming wish of the American people....   [tags: War on Poverty, New Deal]

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Similarities Between The Movie Fallen Angels and Platoon

- There are many similarities from the novel Fallen Angels and the movie Platoon. Both Platoon and Fallen Angels took place during the Vietnam War. Fallen Angels and Platoon are similar in the protagonists, the settings, and the climax. The protagonists in Fallen Angels and Platoon are very similar. In Fallen Angel the protagonists name Richie Perry and in Platoon the main character is named Chris Taylor. They are both fighting in the Vietnam War. Perry and Taylor’s reaction to the aspects of war were also very similar....   [tags: vietnam war, climax, reaction]

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