James: Vietnam War and Times Essay

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No matter who you are, or where you come from, there would have been a time in your life where you have experienced conflict directly, or indirectly. It is in those times where the possibility of one growing and changing into different person is at its greatest. It is in these times where the priorities you previously held at the top of the list, comes crumbling down. It is in these times where what you once thought was all important, becomes something so obsolete and meaningless that it is something worth not even worrying about. It is in these times where friendship, survival and a sense of justice become your priorities however it is also when you realise what is no longer important. During conflict, what you once thought was an integral part of life changes with you realising that the relationships formed are one of the things that become all important. As you go through many hardships and failures in times of struggle, those that are there with you share your experiences and go through the same suffering as you. Gradually, these are the people that you come to rely on and through the commonality of your suffering, these are the relationships which get you through the tough times. These people and friendships carry your burden and worries over the current situation. They also encourage you to strive no matter what the situations is, supporting you when you need it and lending you assistance. In Bruce Beresfords wartime movie Paradise Road, Daisy and Adrienne are the most unlikely pair of friends, but despite all the adversities they face, Daisy still manages to encourage Adrienne to be the first female conductor and leader of the choir. She urges Adrienne to believe in her skills to see their first and successive performances through. In addition, everyone attempts to rush to the aid of Susan during her punishment for insulting the Japanese empire, with Daisy breaking the rules just to give her some water. It is through times like these where friendships during strife demonstrate just how important they are in having a profound effect in their ability to alter your priorities. Not only is it friendships, but it is also the desire to survive that can change arrangements. Sometimes during fractious situations, the need and the will to live become the utmost important, above all else. Friendships and the company of others mean nothing to those who feel that their top priority is to live and survive. It is also their desire for self-preservation and the need to prove their enemies wrong by surviving can dictate what is important. The pessimistic Mrs Tippler in Paradise Road, detests the choir immensely, for fear of having their rations cut again. Her will to survive and desire for self-preservation comes at a much higher priority than being supportive of the other womens desire to sing and forget their worries and current situation. Also, it is in times of discord that we realise standing up for injustices are something that must come first. Sometimes seeking justice for those who have been wronged is something that can be important, not only in providing you with a sense of satisfaction but can be necessary when their lives are hanging in the balance. In Paradise Road, Susan, Sister Wilhelmina and Daisy appeal to Colonel Hirota, in attempt to save Adrienne from execution. Susans brave and daring comment that the you (Colonel Hirota) have the cheek to talk to us about manners when you steal the Red Cross parcels for yourselves depicts the notion that one may risk everything just to gain those who have been wrongly accused of an action pardoned, is worth it. Also, during the Vietnam War, when American soldiers were ordered to go on a search and destroy mission of communist hideouts and villages, in particular, the village…