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Reflections in the Times of Vietnam The time is spring the year is 1961 and president Kennedy has sent 400 special forces into South Vietnam This was the start of a new era in United States history as well as the beginning of a literary revolution A time when books had powerful views and songs were of peace or of governmental corruption and plays or movies were about gruesome wars in strange jungles This was a time to express reality in words Then came the press All of the governments secrets and lies were exposed Only a free and understanding press can effectively expose deception in government Justice Hugo L Black 1 on the release of The Pentagon Papers The people were torn Some wanted to know and some liked their own worlds of denial Still even today there are people who say that we never entered into the Vietnamese conflict Others are living proof walking aftershocks in the form of POWs and victims of the chemical agent orange All of these people were changed forever People who wake up in fear due to flashbacks of seeing their friend shot and killed two feet away from them This is Vietnam and these are reflections of the times Knight 2 One of the most influenced areas of literature is drama Movies that show portrayals of the conflict in Vietnam flood the box offices For instance 1995s Dead Presidents depicts the gruesome truths of the war All the drugs and deaths are shown in raw uncensored reality This movie paints a picture of how people were turned into killers boys fresh out of high school forced to kill or die This is as dark as it gets in American history Another look at Vietnam is Winston Grooms movie Forest Gump 1994 It illustrates how many people entered the army thinking that it was all fun and games They come to realize that it is
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