Cruel, terrible, horrifying, all words to describe this horrid massacre that took place on March 16, 1968. Poor Vietnam families’ just peacefully eating breakfast had no intention of creating a war between them and American soldiers coming in their village. No intention of having to witness an unforgiving tragedy in just four hours of the morning. No reason to justify why they were targeted as the enemies; simply because they had different skin than the American soldiers, simply because the soldiers in Charlie Company were bored? How were they to know American soldiers even thought they were enemies after giving their children candy and water, then just wiping away their existence in a matter of hours; nobody could have foreseen that coming. What a disgrace to know that Georgia was the base where these young men were trained to kill, trained that their duty was to kill and nothing else. What can be said for this tragedy is little unless you were there, got to witness the awful cruelty going on but what can be learned is that it should have never happened and nobody should have been killed. Why did these soldiers kill the villagers? What caused them to feel as though this Vietnamese Village, Pinkville, was the enemy? The American soldiers say that at the beginning of their journey they never saw an enemy however part of their company kept getting injured. Michael Bernhardt said that they felt so close because they had nobody else, so when someone would die it was a very personal thing. Four soldiers were killed and 38 wounded from these obstructions placed by enemies. After you go through this entire experience can a person really think right? These men were convinced by Calley, their “leader”, that this village was the enemy, the reason for all their fellow friends passing’s. They killed because they were told to. Kenneth Hodges, a former sergeant of the Charlie Company stated, “As a soldier I had to carry out an order, never imagined disobeying.” These men killed because they were ordered to do so and in training that was what they were taught to do, to obey. But, this gives them no excuse for what they did. Many men chose to stand down, these men did not. Thompson said the reason these soldiers did this massacre was because of a few reasons: Bad leadership, negative peer pressure, prejudice, and fear. I completely agree with Mr. Thompson. These soldiers had fear of the unknown if they didn’t follow orders. Their orders came from bad leadership, leaders who decided to cruelly kill hundreds because they just decided they were the enemy. Lastly, negative peer pressure and prejudice took a huge part. You see all your fellow friends and your commanding leader killing as though there is a purpose and you began to believe there is one. Just like in the Asch Experiment, where 1 person in tricked into conforming with 4 other people because they are afraid to stand out. Kenneth Hodges says, “We carried out the orders in a morally fashion.” They believed everything they did was justified but even after all these excuses we know today that it was not. Excuses seem to sum up everything that comes out of every soldier’s mouth. Numberg defense was that they were just following orders; this could never be considered justifiable. I believe that this most definitely cannot be considered a legitimate excuse. In Thompson’s interview he tells us that not all the soldiers took part in the massacre. There were only roughly 13-18 men who actually killed villagers; there were 190 soldiers in the Charlie Company. All these other men did not take part in the massacre these other men didn’t follow the orders to kill. So why would we consider this a viable excuse when all these other men chose to not take part, chose to go…
Social class Prejudice
To Kill a Mockingbird
Prejudice is an unreasonable dislike of or preference for something. Prejudice makes people hate each other. Prejudice influences our community; also affect some group people against others. To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by a famous American author named Harper Lee. Published in 1960, this book has become successful and a classic of modern American literature. Social class prejudice is formulated potentially; people from different…
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 1961
Vice President Johnson, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, President Truman, reverend clergy, fellow citizens, we observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom--symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning--signifying renewal, as well as change. For I have sworn I before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forebears l prescribed nearly a century and three quarters ago.
The world is very different…
of the horse at 30 guineas (31½ pounds) means he is unable to pay rent to Lyons, who threatens to take possession of the farm if the money is not paid by autumn.
2. Albert names the horse Joey and devotes much time to training him. Albert's best friend, Andrew Easton (Matt Milne), watches as Albert teaches his colt many things, such as to come when he imitates the call of an owl by blowing through his cupped hands.
3. A rainstorm destroys the turnip crop, so Ted, in order to pay the rent and…
America History X
Gangs in America
The movie that I chose to review is American History X. I picked this movie because this relates to
popular culture in so many ways. The first way that it relates is the fact that people back in the day,
white individuals were racist against blacks and other minorities. The second way is that, although
faced with adversity, you have to adapt to the current situation that you are put in. You can choose…
Name: To Kill a Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee
I found this novel very intriguing as it is a story about a child’s transition from childhood to adulthood and her experiences throughout this transition making it very relatable to me. It posed various questions about society and life itself. It discusses the ideas of the co-existence between “good” and “evil”, social inequality and “moral” education. The author, Harper Lee, is constantly making the audience question the ideas of the text.…
My fellow Englishmen! I am speaking to you in order to share with you a terrible tragedy that has occurred. I am telling you this horrific story because I think of you people as my trustworthy allies that I could rely on. I am pleading for your help to defeat the unpredictable Macbeth because of the appalling acts he is performing against the innocent land of Scotland.
Macbeth has committed various acts of unacceptable murders and crimes towards innocent people. There has never been a time…
about someone else. Likewise, everybody has had the immature thought that someone is going to do a certain thing based on their skin complexion. The history of man is severely tainted and splashed with the racist actions that are once preconceived thoughts. The great barrier of white people and black people is very evident in history. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by the author Harper Lee, the theme of prejudice between the white and the black people is evident. This novel takes place in the town…
June 30th 2013
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel was turned into a film in 1962 by Horton Foote. Set in Maycomb, Alabama a small town in the 1930s. The story focuses on scrupulously honest, highly respected lawyer Atticus Finch, magnificently embodied by Gregory Peck. Finch puts his career on the line when he agrees to represent Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), a black man accused of the rape of Mayella Ewell (Collin Wilcox) the daughter of Robert…
December 1, 2009
To Kill a Mockingbird Essay
The Dictionary defines prejudice as, “an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.” There has been prejudice known throughout history, mostly against the blacks during and before the time of Martin Luther King Jr. In The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee there is clear evidence of prejudice against the blacks. In…