Glorifying Vietnam: The Influence of 9/11 on the Glorification of War and Nationhood in Full Metal Jacket and We Were Soldiers.
American military movies are often seen as glorifying the military and are easily grouped together without paying attention to the impact of the release date. This thesis discusses the differences in glorification of war and nationhood in the American military movies about the Vietnam War Full Metal Jacket (1987) and We Were Soldiers (2002). These movies, one being released before and one after the 9/11 attacks, show different kinds of glorification, or no glorification at all, and attract attention to the possible impact of 9/11 on this particular genre of movies. American military movies have an impact on the opinion of citizens on the military. By analyzing movies about the same subject made in different time periods, results will show the influence of historical moments on the presence of glorification in film. The research question is as follows: In which ways do glorification of war and nationhood differ in American military movies about the Vietnam war released before and after 9/11? The relevance of this topic lies in the fact that film audiences forget to take historical influence of war movies into consideration and take it as a representation that is close to the truth. This thesis will shed light on how the 9/11 attacks influenced the glorification of war and nationhood in the case studies, and how glorification can be incorporated in films.
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