Born On The Fourth Of July

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"My backyard was turned into a battlefield, filled with little boys playing war, dreaming that someday they'd become men." The plot and summary of the film tells the story of Ron's life from boyhood to becoming a man. It begins with the background of Ron's small town All-American life. He respects and loves his country. He joined the Marines with nothing but love for his country only to find himself abused and finally neglected by society and the people that put him over in Vietnam, the government. During the time of the war (1960s and 1970s), the United States was going through a time of grief, confusion, loss of family and friends, and neglect from the government. This put many in a position to be anti-war and anti-Vietnam veterans. One of these veterans was Ron Kovic. Kovic, shot in action, became paralyzed from the waist down. He was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. He endured poor conditions in the hospitals that were for the soldiers wounded at war. He received no respect from his fellow U.S. citizens. When Kovic first came back, he did not understand all the anti-war feelings, he was convinced that he could change both the attitude of society and the government. He spends months drinking with other veterans before he "sees the light" on the war and the government's effect on it. He begins speaking at anti-war movements and working for handicapped veterans. The movie ends with Ron giving an inspiring speech at a political convention. Born on the Fourth of July is a story about an American boy who goes to war with high hopes and lofty ideas and comes back a changed person with a whole new view on life and the government he lives under.This movie deals with numerous aspects of society, ideologies that became out dated and feelings during this confusing period in history. It is a documentary based on Ron Kovic filmed in 1989. The director of the movie, Oliver Stone, had also been a Vietnam Veteran, so the ideals and interpretation of this war are far closer than most want to believe. Ron a child of the baby boom, with five siblings, was one of the many boomers that felt it was their duty to follow in the footstep of their fathers. This movie deals with the prewar feelings for many of young boys that left home to fight, the belief that they must go and fight a war like their fathers and grandfathers to become a man weighed heavily on their hearts and minds. The feelings in the U.S. prior to Vietnam were very patriotic, people wanting to do things for their country. Those feelings were fueled for many people by JFK's famous inaugural speech, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country."The movie depicts a heroic stature in the beginning with a Fourth of July parade and celebration. The parade was held in honor of WWII Vets, they were praised, people were cheering for them and thanking them, looking proudly at them, they were treated like heroes. The whole setting of the parade portrays deep...

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