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    War Protest Songs

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    War Protest Songs War, what is it good for? Some would say absolutely nothing. This is the recurring theme in protest songs from the 1960’s through present day. This essay will show by comparing and contrasting songs from the Viet Nam era with the present day songs protesting war and the senselessness of going to war. The end result invariably is death for both sides. All of the songs, regardless of the setting and time focus on senseless death. The songs of the 60’s contained lyrics which

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    In the textbook, the War and Peace chapter is preluded by an epigraph from Tim O’Brien’s If I Die in a Combat Zone which states: “Do dreams offer lessons? Do nightmares have themes, do we awaken and analyze them and live our lives and advise others as a result? Can the foot soldier teach anything important about war, merely for having been there? I think not. He can tell war stories.” O’Brien’s quote goes against the stereotypical depiction of the “war hero.” O’Brien believes that just because someone

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    Colonel Kurtz are the last lines of Apocalypse Now, the Francis Ford Coppola directed war-film masterpiece, which truly explores horror. Typical war films, like Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket or Boulle’s The Bridge on the River Kwai, follow the camaraderie of a protagonist and his unit and their struggles that build up to a violent and climactic confrontation where both sides sustain losses to illustrate the tragedy of war. Apocalypse Now is different; there are only two moments of brief violence that the

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    Comparison Essay

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    break its affect of the readers. In this case, the portrayals in the poem Dulce Et Decorum Est are helpful in understanding and enjoying the story. The vagueness in The Wars makes the story much harder to picture in your mind and furthermore much harder to enjoy. It might be to save the reader from reading about the hardships of war but regardless; it makes the story boring by lacking action and adventure: “There’s no good picture of this except the one you can make in your minds.” (Findley, 69)

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    Reflection Paper

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    States of America was founded with violence; and we continue our independence through the violence of warfare. Violence is found in every aspect of life from entertainment to war. As a civilized society we try to counter-act our violent nature, but it remains at the core of our existence. Violent acts often seem senseless to observers, but occur from a multitude of underlying factors. In Florida, a retired police officer shot a man in a movie theater during a dispute purportedly because the victim

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    Findley’s The Wars Sigmund Freud once argued that "our species has a volcanic potential to erupt in aggression . . . [and] that we harbour not only positive survival instincts but also a self-destructive 'death instinct', which we usually displace towards others in aggression" (Myers 666). Timothy Findley, born in 1930 in Toronto, Canada, explores our human predilection towards violence in his third novel, The Wars. It is human brutality that initiates the horrors of World War I, the war that takes

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    protects the boys and their lives, while Powers believes violence kills the young soldiers. From their personal experiences, Canada claims boys in the South Bronx need to be violent to gain respect and to survive, while Powers claims the violence of war is a waste of young men’s lives as they lose respect and even their lives. Geoffrey Canada’s characters in Fist Stick Knife Gun use violence to increase their status and honor, and to make themselves stand out from the rest of their group as being

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    War on Civilians During times of war, civilians lives are hardly ever thought of. Most people and news sources are covering the gunfire between armies or the riots in the streets. What they are least worried about are the civilians that have to live through these wars for months and even years. The soldiers in the war are not the only ones trying to stay alive. Not only do the soldiers have weapons to use against threats, but they have a plan and have been trained to act during situations. Civilians

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    It is a paradox of sorts to think that going to war would make someone a coward. What is more valiant than flocking to the battle lines and making the ultimate sacrifice for the innocent civilians back home? But Pablo Picasso, an abstract artist of the 20th century, argues that these soldiers—these martyrs—die for nothing when organized combat turns to genocide and massacre. On April 27, 1934, as a brutal civil war was ravaging Picasso’s native country of Spain, Hitler chose the Basque village of

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    comfortable American society. We are above war and the issues and wrongness that it presents. Killing people is wrong and time after time, we have observed senseless violence of issues of little importance, such as the start of World War 1. An entire massacre of people danced a beautifully, macabre pirouette around the assassination of Prince Ferdinand. Such folly of people with short tempers. My views on the draft are as such: we as a society, are above war, violence and poverty. In hindsight, we should

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    comfortable American society. We are above war and the issues and wrongness that it presents. Killing people is wrong and time after time, we have observed senseless violence of issues of little importance, such as the start of World War 1. An entire massacre of people danced a beautifully, macabre pirouette around the assassination of Prince Ferdinand. Such folly of people with short tempers. My views on the draft are as such: we as a society, are above war, violence and poverty. In hindsight, we should

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    The Canadian Intervention in Libya

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    The Libyan revolution of 2011 initiated with collective nonviolent political protests comparable to the events in Tunisia and Egypt. However, it quickly escalated to a full-fledged civil war. Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar Gaddafi obtained the role of the official ruler of Libya in 1969 by a bloodless coup d’etat against King Idris. Gaddafi remained the official ruler of Libya from 1969 until 1977. (Calvocoressi, 2001) Subsequent to 1977, Gaddafi was referred to as a symbolic figurehead until the political

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    The 50 Most Powerful Images from the Civil War shows what the truly gruesome reality of the Civil War was. Many people like to romanticize the war, but these photographs take all the romance away. It depicts hardship, lost love, and bloodshed. These pictures are truly powerful. The very first image depicts a runaway slave, Gordon. His back is covered in welts and lash marks. His back is completely scourged. According to Frank H. Goodyear III, assistant curator of photographs at the National Portrait

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    Wild Bees by James K. Baxter

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    significance, or based upon wealth. The overall message Baxter sends, though, is that we do not have the right to place a value on another person (whether increasing their value or lessening it), and that the violence that often occurs from doing so is senseless and achieves nothing. Works Cited Page Baxter, James K. “Wild Bees” The Norton Anthology of Poetry. 5th ed. Ferguson, Margaret. New York: Norton 2005. 1701. Print.

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    Thomas Goodrich is an author that focuses most of his writings about the American Civil War. This book “Black Flag Guerrilla Warfare on the Western Border, 1861-1865” depicts some of the most violent guerrilla fighting that took place along the Kansas and Missouri border. He is very objective about presenting this sinister side of the Civil War. Mr. Goodrich’s book portrays the horrific death, destruction, merciless killings, rapes, and the millions of dollars worth of property seized or destroyed

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    multi-faceted story that, on its face, is nothing more than a tale of war. Examining it closer, however, reveals an in-depth insight into the mind of a soldier, manifested in the character of Paul Baumer. Over the course of the story, Baumer struggles to find himself as his views on the war evolve and mature. He comes to understand that what he once was and could have been, has been crushed by drill and combat. Baumer's change in outlook on the war that it is an evil done on society is manifested in two events:

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    Gandi)? Gandi, arguably the most influential advocate for world peace, said this quote in response to war-mongering imperial nations in the 20th century. Known for his pacifist ideology during the movement to liberate India, Gandhi exercised civil disobedience rather than entering an armed conflict against the tyrannical British Government. His ultimate conclusion about war was that the horrors of war do not justify any moral corse or ideology. In Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried and Ernest Hemingway’s

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    The Rise and Fall of Existentialism

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    Intellectualism in post-war Europe had a sort of existential realization of its own, paralleling the experiences of its literary figures. The philosophy of existentialism had its roots in late nineteenth century philosophers such as Kierkegaard and Nietzsche (Crowell), but wasn't popularized until after World War II, and Sartre (Gaarder 455). After two world wars and countless civil disruptions throughout Europe, the populace was disillusioned with the senseless violence. Recent developments

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    glamorous, war loving, dirty old men” (Vonnegut 14). Instead, he writes about the true chaos’s the narrator endured during his time in Dresden. Vonnegut’s novel consisted of events that reflected major societal and political movements, such as civil rights movements, and antiwar movements, within the United States during the 1960s. One of the most significant societal movements during the 1960s was the Civil Rights movement, a coalition lead by many that voiced strong opposition to the war in Vietnam

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    outcome of the war much because it provided coverage of both negative and positive aspects, it was the first war to be covered by the media and therefore what it did cover, people believed. This can be observed in Tim O’Briens novel on the coverage of how the war started and how it was covered after the war started. The historical approach to this novel with respect to the syntactic aspect can be observed if one looks at what the media said had started the war.  The media stated that the war had been started

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