CAS 471 Interculteral communication

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CAS 471 INTERCULTERAL COMMUNICATION Flags of Our Fathers & Letters From Iwo Jima Essay Caitlin Lovey 4/2/2008
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This is a review and anaylsis of Clint Eastwood’s movies Flags of Our Fathers and Letters Iwo Jima. These movies take different points of views on America’s war against Japan during World War II. These are reviewed as pieces of American popular culture.
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Caitlin Lovey Lovey 1 CAS 471 Dr. Colleen Kelley Flags of Our Fathers/Letters From Iwo Jima Essay The two movies directed by Clint Eastwood, Flags of Our Fathers and Letters of Iwo Jima, paint two different pictures of the same event during World War II. These two cultures were portrayed in different ways to show the differences between the cultures. In Flags of Our Fathers, the American soldiers are portrayed as young, eager men who are going out to battle the enemy. It was normal for young men during this time to go into war as their patriotic duty to their county. They were taught to believe that America is great and that they need to protect it from any enemy that threatens its freedom, which happened to be Japan at the time. On the other side of things, in Letters From Iwo Jima, the Japanese culture is portrayed differently. The tone of the movies is different, it has a shadowy appearance. It was more understood and accepted to die for honor or defending the land. Soldiers signed up knowing they probably wouldn’t come back alive. They would rather kill themselves than die by American hands. But what Eastwood did to compliment the shadowy feeling of the movie, was show the back stories of the soldiers, showing their point of view. The director Clint Eastwood portrayed these cultures in both accurate and stereotype manners. He showed the arrogant American soldiers eager to fight and be heroes, but also showed what actually happens when these soldiers return. He accurately showed how many of Lovey 2
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these actual soldiers and even current soldiers feel when they come home. They aren’t parading around as heroes, like everyone makes them out to be. They suffer with certain issues of guilt and horrible nightmares of what they saw and went through, things that not everyone could imagine. As shown in the movie, when the soldiers were pictured putting up the American flag on Mount Suribachi came back to America, they were extremely uncomfortable being depicted
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course CAS 471 taught by Professor Kelleycolleenel during the Spring '08 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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