Do you know who Desmond Doss is? Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector, was credited with saving 75 wounded soldiers during the bloodiest battles of World War II. This essay is over the movie Hacksaw Ridge written by Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight, directed by Mel Gibson. Its purpose is to inform people on the information that was presented in the movie are in correlation with the real events which happened between 1942 and 1946 in Guam and Okinawa during World War II. Hacksaw Ridge holds guts and glory throughout the movie that showed the trials and tribulations that Doss and his other comrades went through Hacksaw Ridge can relate to college students and young adults in that it teaches us to take a stand and live by our convictions. Protest can be found across the United States on numerous college campuses that can be peaceful or can escalate into violent riots.
In the film Hacksaw Ridge, Andrew Garfield portrays Desmond Doss a WWII American Army Medic who served during the Battle of Okinawa. The film takes you through his entire childhood and threw his difficult experiences in the Army as well as his upbringing and how this shaped his views, especially his religious view and anti-killing stance. You also see Doss's trials and difficulties after enlisting in the Army and trying to become a medic. And last but not least the film takes you through the harsh battle that Doss and his fellow soldiers undergo.
Doss was awarded many other medals, including two bronze stars for valour. Parades were held in his honour, highways in the United States were named after him, a guesthouse at a Medical Centre in Washington D.C. bears his name, as does a Christian Academy in Virginia. Doss was a corporal who never killed another human being, whose only weapon was his Bible and his faith in God. He was a man whose courage saved many lives.
The high-action war drama, Hacksaw Ridge, shared the story of the fierce battles between the Japanese and United States during the second World War. The film followed the journey of Desmond Doss - an American pacifist combat medic who refused to carry a gun. His philosophy originated from the Seventh-Day Adventist Christian religion with some sects stressing nonviolence. The movie perfectly captured the reality of a pacifist during the war with many of his fellow soldiers disbelieving in his ways and even hurting him to force his retirement. However, the strong walled Doss did not let his fellow peer’s actions deter his involvement in the war, and later his group, the 77th Infantry Division, was deployed to Okinawa. During the battle of Okinawa,
Desmond Doss is one of the most famous U.S conscientious objector in all of U.S military service history. Desmond Doss is known for his brave work at Hacksaw Ridge in Okinawa by single handily saving 75 men by means of carrying them and by manoeuvring them down with his unique rope technique which earned him the medal of honour in October the 12th 1945. Therefore making him the first ever conscientious objector in U.S military history to receive the award. Desmond Doss’s legacy has been shown throughout the ages in television, documentaries and now in the latest 2016 movie entitled Hacksaw Ridge after the real life spot in Okinawa. The movie depicts the true story of U.S serviceman and conscientious objector Desmond Doss in his journey to Hacksaw Ridge. At First Desmond Doss was not fond of people making films or being portrayed in any sort of media because of the inaccuracies that these films might would portray of him because he was deeply focused on his religion and as a seventh day Adventist. But an agreement was soon with him and his firm.
In his novel, If I Die in a Combat Zone, Tim O’Brien attempts to discover an appropriate definition of courage by reflecting upon his comrades, philosophers, and himself. Throughout the novel, O’Brien grapples with whether to be courageous by staying and fighting even though he is fighting a war in which he deems as wrongly conceived and poorly justified, or be courageous by standing for what he believes is ethical but become a deserter. Through the influence of others and self-contemplation of the definition of courage, O’Brien exemplifies the extremity in which America viewed courage as a necessary characteristic for an American soldier to possess during the Vietnam War.
George S. Patton was one of the most highly regarded and successful military leaders in the history of the United States. His military career spanned from the expedition into Mexico throughout WWII. His ability to inspire his troops with his profane filled speeches and his position of always leading from the front gained him vast popularity and fame. Many political leaders considered him too controversial and intemperate at times. This reputation often overshadowed his determination and success as a commander. His bravery and many contributions to several of America’s war efforts has established him as one of the greats in American military history.
During the time of World War II, America fought to end the tyranny of Nazi Germany by using its most valuable tool, the Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne. The author Stephen Ambrose catches a glimpse of what these heroic soldiers accomplished in his book Band of Brothers, by providing readers with interviews of first hand encounters on the battlefields of Europe, from former paratroopers that served in the 506th Regiment. Ambrose’s book depicts how the spectacles of war create everlasting scars on soldiers mentally and physically, that never fully heal.
Norman Bowker earned seven medals in the Vietnam War, however the one he did not earn was the Silver Star because he was not brave enough. Kiowa had been shot and fell into the waste field and Bowker had tugged on Kiowa’s boot in order to try to save him from slipping deeper into the ground. Norman let go of Kiowa’s boot because he did not care anymore, maybe because he knew his friend could not be saved. Years later Norman took his life because of the guilt that weighed on his shoulders from this incident. “”
Wes Moore, the author, is living a meaningful life that brings about a positive change in the world, thanks to repeated positive actions. Of that series of decisions, the most significant in the determining of his fate was continuing military school after his first year. The self-discipline and desire to better himself the school inflicted proved to be crucial in leading as positive of a life as he does. Role models in that environment ignited a flame of diligence in Wes, “…the support of people like Cadet Captain Hill and the others in my chain of command and on the faculty…made it clear that they cared if I succeeded, and eventually so did I.” (Moore 115). Initially, Wes hated military school, saying he, “woke up furious and went to bed even more livid.” (Moore 90). Despite his hatred for the place at first, his mother’s encouragement, as well as blunt refusal to bring him home, kept
The speaker readily defends his viewpoint to those who would pity his death in battle. Instead of allowing his audience to feel sorrow or pity, the speaker stresses how he preferred death to being one of those who stayed behind to preserve their own life. The author does not respect those who stayed, as seen when he calls them the “slothful”, “mawkish” and “unmanly”. Any man worth respect would go join the fight and serve his country instead of being around the hopeless and the cowardly. The author uses this to argue his case and validate the speaker’s choice, thus creating a defensive tone in his work.
Since the beginning of time, humans have sought after power and control. It is human instinct to desire to be the undisputed champion, but when does it become a problem? Warfare has been practiced throughout civilization as a way to justify power. Though the orders come directly from one man, thousands of men and women pay the ultimate sacrifice. In Randall Jerrell’s “The Death of a Ball Turret Gunner”, Jarrell is commenting on the brutality of warfare. Not only does Jarrell address the tragedies of war, he also blames politics, war leaders, and the soldier’s acknowledgement of his duties. (Hill 6) With only five lines of text, his poems allows the reader to understand what a soldier can go through. With the use of Jerrell’s poem, The Vietnam War, and Brian Turner’s “Ameriki Jundee”, the truth of combat will be revealed.
For this action he was stripped of his command over the 2nd Armored Division in Africa. Patton could not stand to have a soldier that was anything less than what he thought a true soldier should represent. Patton believes that “courage and fear are phenomena which can be governed by training and discipline,” and that fear is lost through intense training and patriotism. Patton did not hate his men, but he didn’t want to see his soldiers hospitalized as injured men with battle fatigue or neurosis, but as a spectacle of American bravery. Visiting his troops in the hospital got him emotional and he state once that, “They’re the best damned soldiers the world has ever seen. One day I bawl the hell out of them and the next I weep over them.”
The rambunctious behavior of the soldier’s triumphant victory is a strong message visually for the viewer. These soldiers struggle to find their identity and once the war ends, the identity they’ve build at war vanishes, (McCutcheon, 2007). As a result, they essentially lose a part of them selves, (McCutcheon, 2007). When they return home, many soldiers struggle with psychological issues that prevent them from resuming their once regular lives, (McCutcheon, 2007). The images of soldiers celebrating at the end of war give the viewer a taste of this problem. This also allows the viewer insight to the deeper issues surrounding an American soldier’s mental stability and mentality. Through this image, along with many others throughout the film, the viewer is able to dig deeper and truly analyze what they are seeing.