There is a quickness and urgency to both the narrative of the story and Kovic's actual plight. They have just beaten up a half-dead man, and they know it. He had great pride and love for his country - probably more so than most people. At a speech in Compton, Kovic meets Helen, a single mother of two who falls in love with him. A crowd gathers around the tearful reunion.
With over half a million troops committed at the height of U.
Does the government have to be more careful about the way it deploys the military in a world that knows of the mistakes of Vietnam? He begins by describing to you the feeling of being shot and what is going on around him.
An unknown soldier pulls him out of the gunfire and into safety, where others tend to his wound. He had great pride and love for his country - probably more so than most people. Next to the psychological idea, the author also intended to set an example for protesting against a war. Kovic is spotted by his childhood friend Tommy Law, another wounded Marine, and the two friends embrace each other and cry.
You can see him winning a medal of honor. It is easy to think of a thousand traps that Stone, Kovic and Cruise could have fallen into, but they fall into none of them. Playing out the frontier myths of "cowboys and Indians," U. You may also like.
He knew there was a danger of being wounded or killed, but, hell, he wanted to make a sacrifice for his country. Throughout the book, Kovic changes the point of view from a first person narrator into a third person, omniscient narrator. Kovic also possesses a strong Roman Catholic faith. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.
In these scenes, Cruise still looks like Cruise - boyish, open-faced - and I found myself wondering if he would be able to make the transition into the horror that I knew was coming. The battalion is gearing up for a serious offensive after a lull in combat activity. Kovic's enlistment reflected the patriotic and militarized conditioning of body and mind reflected in Sam Keen's observation that " e very man is 'the Manchurian candidate,' a hypnotized agent of the state waiting to be called into active service by the bugle call of 'Duty,' 'Honor,' 'Patriotism. The family adjusted well and settled right in. Yes he had seen a lot of horrible things but he despised the college students and hippies who burned their draft cards and protested against it, and were not willing to fight for their country. You can always go further than you think you can.
His face seems so calm, like he had no care in the world. The general's mission is to present each injured soldier with the Purple Heart. The time in Vietnam, where Kovic was confronted with the hard reality of war brought up even more reasons for giving up those falsified ideas.
THEMES Masculinity Masculinity has long been narrowly defined in American culture, and in the mids, it came to be represented by physical prowess, bravado, control over emotions, and sexuality. The Anti-War Movement Opposition to the war began early on college campuses, as many of the men drafted to fight in Vietnam were college aged. Frey, Marc. Thus, the reader gets authentic information from someone who was directly involved in the war and the movement and was also physically and psychologically affected by those happenings. Throughout his terms of presidency the conflict escalated into a state of war. You can't unlearn the truth about your country or your parents.