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War In both Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line a recurring theme appeared to be the impact of war on the common soldier Through a variety of different scenarios the viewer is exposed to the daily hardships that one must endure while in battle The soldiers are continuously walking a fine line between life and death and their morale and tenacity does not escape unscathed The opening scene in Saving Private Ryan was very instrumental in illustrating the horror that is war The only thing separating the living from the dead was quick thinking and a whole lot of luck One man is shot in the head but lives with the help of his helmet As he takes his helmet off staring at it in amazement and relief a bullet finds his exposed skull killing him instantly Another man lying on the beach has been shot in the abdomen and is slowly bleeding to death As the medic and several other soldiers work tirelessly to clot the bleeding the man begins to come around The bleeding is stopped Seconds later he is killed by a bullet to the head It is by chance that a soldier sees the land beyond the beach The Thin Red Line paints a very similar picture Each man lives day to day never knowing if he will live to see the next One captain valuing the lives of his men refuses to follow the command of another officer Sensing the attack to be too costly he argues heatedly with the officer until eventually being relieved of his position The loss of life is bearable It is the advancement of the army that counts Each man seems to deal with this life and death situation in his own way One young soldier named Jackson from Saving Private Ryan is a very religious person Each time he is about to kill someone he prays kissing
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