Personal Interpretation of Fiction Story

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PersonalInterpretation of Fiction Story

Dialoguebetween Tim and Kiowa

CHARACTERONE: “It was a good kill.” “It was at least a reasonable killthe man turned out to be carrying ammunition.”

CHARACTERTWO: “I wonder what the man’s life must have been like”

CHARACTERONE: “Stop staring at him” (character two Shakes character oneout of his trance)

CHARACTERONE: “Talk to me Tim” (character two remains silent staring atthe corpse of the soldier he just killed) “Stop beating yourselfabout it friend, we are in war and anything is bound to happen. “

CHARACTERTWO: “I have gotten sucked into the vortex of killing in war”

CHARACTERONE: “I understand the need to take responsibility for the horrorsof the war, but it would be easy to get above it all.” (Characterone remains silent staring at a distance he is still paralyzed byguilt)

CHARACTERONE: “but I will tell you the straight truth, that guy was dead themoment he stepped on the trail”. “Do you understand me? All thesoldiers had him zeroed.”

CHARACTERTWO: “ I am on fire almost- I’m burning away into nothing-but itdoesn’t matter because I know exactly who I am”

CHARACTERONE:“In due time you will forget all about this man”

CHARACTERTWO: “I am a coward. I came to the war.”

CHARACTERONE: “There is always the presence of danger and death in war”

CHARACTERTWO: “The presence of danger and death brings you fully awake.”

CHARACTERONE: “In this war, men kill and also die since they are embarrassednot to.”

CHARACTERTWO: “I might survive but it will not be a happy ending”


CHARACTERTWO: “Ifat the end of a war story some soldiers feel uplifted, or if theyfeel that some small bit of rectitude was salvaged from the largerwaste, then are made the victim of a very old and terrible lie.”

CHARACTERONE: “True. There is norectitude whatsoever. There is no virtue in war.”

CHARACTERTWO: “I cantell a true war story by its absolute and uncompromising allegianceto obscenity and evil”

CHARACTERONE: “War is just hell and also a story of terror, mystery,courage, adventure, pity, holiness, despair, love and longing”

CHARACTERTWO: “Above all itis nasty it is fun. It is thrilling It is drudgery. War makes you aman war makes you dead.”

CHARACTERONE: “It is sad. The things we do and feel we have to do.”

CHARACTERTWO: “We are to blame. Nations go to war with reasonable confidencein the justice as well as imperative of its cause. You cannot fixyour mistakes. Once people are dead, you cannot make them undead.”

CHARACTERONE: “That’s true. We kill and are killed. War is terror andensures you are not human anymore..You are just a shadow since youslip out of your own skin.”

CHARACTERTWO: “Soldiers are forced to shed their future and own history andleave behind everything they ever were or wanted to believe in”

CHARACTERONE: “In war, youknow you`re about to die. And it`s not a movie and you aren`t a heroand all you can do is whimper and wait.”&nbsp

CHARACTERTWO: (Laughs) “Whena booby trap explodes, we can only close our eyes and duck and floatoutside ourselves”

CHARACTERONE: “it is not easy for someone who has not experienced war..Warmakes things vivid”

CHARACTERTWO: “In war, we become a tribe…we share the same blood…we takeit and give it as one.”

CHARACTERONE: “We are in war for our nation..For the future of our children”

CHARACTERTWO: “Well, a thing might take place and be a total lie: anotherthing may not take place and be truer than the truth”

Propagandain ‘The Hearts and Minds’

Inthe movie ‘TheHearts and Minds,”ideas were designed to influence the way people think about the war.The author used emotionalappeal propaganda technique toget the viewers to agree with the message being communicated. Heappeals to the emotions of the audience by showing them that theywere the cause of the war. The filmmaker was successful in depictingthe war. The documentary grasps at the popular causes of war, andthis is evident in the clips of war movies, past war, PTA meetings,and football rituals. The movie has numerous unforgettable imagesthat are crafted to generate shame and pity for instance, a littlegirl that runs screaming down a road, her skinned scarred by napalm.Additionally, the film includes interviews with the United Statespilots who coldheartedly talk about how they enjoyed the “thrills,the sense of danger” on bombing missions. Like the war, the moviepolarizes and forces the viewers to confront a propaganda truth, ahorrible truth embedded in images for which the film says thatviewers are responsible (Combs and Combs 101). Moreover, the twoauthors noted that the film is an excellent propaganda that involvesthe viewers in its perspective, employing graphic arts of truths thatare too painful to ignore. The movie forces the viewers to understandthe roots of violence as America’s history of anticommunism andracism and by itself an illegal, immoral and desperate abuse of thecountry military power. Hence, the filmmaker was successful indepicting an accurate account of the war.


Combs,James and Sara Combs. FilmPropaganda and American Politics: An Analysis and Filmography.New York: Routledge, 2014.