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The idyllic 1950s to the turbulent 1960s represented a dynamic shift in American culture The end of World War II prompted a boom economy and the American dream of a your own house with the white picket fence was born Although the 50s were picturesque in some respect the end of WWII entrenched a deep fear of Communism As America entered Vietnam the conservative ideals of the WWII generation clashed with the rising student and youth awareness The movie Born on The Fourth of July represents a modern view of the Vietnam War era and the transformation that occurred through out the country with varying degrees of historical accuracy The opening scene of the movie pictures the mood of the country in the mid to late fifties It romanticizes war with the parade scene and the kids playing army This plays on the theme that some war is good or at least justifiable Kovic the main character of the film is a patrotic person wanting to serve his country and believing that Vietnam would be his chance As Kovic and his friends discuss entertaining the Marines the ideas of containment and the domino theory are discussed The ideas of the McCarthy age shines through when Kovic bluntly states that Communism needs to be stopped because they are moving into every place The movie does to a certain respect portray the attitudes of the nation as it entered into the Vietnam War It emphasizes that America had not lost a war that Americans as a whole feared communist encroachment Although the Mikie Mantle baseball and apple pie notion does tend to over dramatize the quaintness of the times America was a nation in an arms race with nuclear weapons and although that might not have been everyones dinner conversation the threat was real The portrayal of the War itself was flawed and completely one sided The first time that Kovic is introduced as a
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