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The first real casualty of war is innocence Platoon 1986 Although this may seem to be the most imperative casualty there are far worse fatalities in battle Perhaps with suffering there can be a positive outcome that can improve a persons mind and soul In viewing these two war films Platoon 1986 and The Sands of Iwo Jima 1949 I have analyzed the similarities differences and the types of images these films have brought to the screen One such comparison between Platoon and The Sands of Iwo Jima is the harsh realization of ones innocence These soldiers had to lose their innocence in order to survive the chaotic world of battle For example a quote from Sergeant John M Stryker John Wayne educates his new recruits by saying Before Im through with ya youre going to move like one man and think like one man if ya dont youll be dead Although Stryker is disliked by his men for his unsympathetic training methods his wisdom is demonstrated through his squad while fighting on the island of Iwo Jima On the other hand in Platoon the troops did lose their innocence but at a much greater cost In particular the new and inexperienced recruit Chris Taylor played by Charlie Sheen quickly finds that hes truly fighting for his strength and sanity Another strong comparison between these two films is the respect and the lack of admiration between fellow troops and higher ranked officers In the beginning of The Sands of Iwo Jima there was little admiration for the relentlessly tough Marine Sergeant Stryker The rebellious soldiers learn to respect Sgt Stryker as a brave and heroic figure However in Platoon the war between good and evil progresses as the troops lose reality The squad is split between the good Sgt Elias William Dafoe and the evil Sgt Barnes Tom Berenger In the middle of this anarchy there is Lieutenant Wolfe Mark Moses who makes pathetic attempts
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