Vietnam War in Movie Full Medal Jacket Directed by Stanley Kubrick
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Full Medal Jacket directed by Stanley Kubrick raises questions about the Vietnam war and war in general. Kubrick opens up the film with boot camp, a majority of the film takes place with boot camp because Kubrick wants the viewer to be mindful that the boot camp that was taking place was to prepare you to be a killer. Almost like a psychological preparation to kill. Boot camp was so intense that it broke down all of the moral human bonds the soldiers once had before they joined the army. As most people know before boot camp you are sent to get your head shaven because its cleaner and less of a hassle. Kubrick has all the men lined up taking orders from Gunnery Sergeant Hartman who is basically bad mouthing all the men lined up teaching them how to have a hard heart such as "I don't like the name Lawrence, only faggots and sailors are called Lawrence. From now on you're Gomer Pyle. Sir, yes, sir. "
Sergeant Hartman continues with the cruel words that is spoken when the viewer hears one man say "You think you John Wayne" under his breath. This could be seen as a death wish in the army. The Vietnam was not a war most men believed in so they would do anything in there power to get out. Some might like that they are a homosexual and some men would go through extreme measures to get out of the so called 'hell' like masturbate publically. The man who spoke up was no different when he said that to the sergeant. Because of that the man becomes known as a Joker through out the