There are many similarities from the novel Fallen Angels and the movie Platoon. Both Platoon and Fallen Angels took place during the Vietnam War. Fallen Angels and Platoon are similar in the protagonists, the settings, and the climax.
The protagonists in Fallen Angels and Platoon are very similar. In Fallen Angel the protagonists name Richie Perry and in Platoon the main character is named Chris Taylor. They are both fighting in the Vietnam War. Perry and Taylor’s reaction to the aspects of war were also very similar. One aspect they both had to deal with was death. Both of them react very frightened and sorrowful towards seeing all of the dead and injured bodies everywhere, both Rick and Taylor deal with this fright and sorrow with violence. When Perry got scared after almost being killed by a Cong he takes all of that anger and sorrow, and turn it into violence, by shooting 2 clips in the Cong’s face. In Platoon, Taylor has to climb over hundreds ...view middle of the document...
In Fallen Angels, Perry describes these hills that they had to fight on; and in Platoon there is one scene where the Congs were running down a hill and one of the sergeants was shooting at them. That scene supports both statements, about limited visibility and the fact that there were hills. The villages that the squads come across were also very similar in the novel and the film. In Fallen Angels Perry describes the Villages as having all different structures for selling / making products and he talks about all of the people there. In Platoon in looks exactly how I would imagine it in the book, they had a lot of little buildings with tables or bars and some had different things to sell.
One last thing that the Platoon and Fallen Angels have in common is their climax. In Fallen Angels the climax is in the big battle were that squad has to burn the bodies of their dead. In Platoon the climax was also a battle, it Taylors battle, at the end of it he ends up killing Sergeant Barnes. In both battles, at the end, bodys have to be burned. In Platoon they push all of the bodys into a huge hole and in Fallen angels they burn the bodies in a village house. Also both of the climaxes have show the character's development. In Fallen Angels this battle was when Perry showed the fear that he could conquer through. Although in Platoon we don't know what Taylor is thinking, I can concur that he is fighting a lot of a motions. At the beginning of the film Taylor mentally couldn't kill Sergeant Barnes but at this battle he does.
I think that both of these stories were very superb, but they were also very educational. This unit has taught me a lot about the Vietnam War that I didn't already know, but it also taught me good habits for reading books. They both teach the same thing but one is a book, where you can get inside the mind of the protagonists, and one is a movie, where you can have a visual of what is happening. Overall I think that Fallen Angels and Platoon are very similar . All of the main features of Fallen Angels and Platoon are related. Fallen Angels and Platoon are similar in the protagonists, the settings, and the climax.
Myers, Walter Dean. Fallen Angels. Special Anniversary Edition ed. New York: Scholastic, 1988. Print.