Born on the 4th of july Essay

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born on the 4th of july


"Born on the Fourth of July"

This book was incredible! In all truth this was the first book I have ever read cover to
cover. The book, by Ron Kovic, as compared to the film, by Oliver Stone, had some
impressive similarities. Both the book and the film did a great job of portraying Ron's
childhood in Massapequa, Long Island. From the little league games to playing war in the
woods, leading charges and setting ambushes. This was especially well done in the movie,
and exactly as I pictured them while reading the book. The time that he spent in Mexico
was well defined in the book as well as in the film. While there were many similarities,
what I feel is more important is to focus on the differences.

There were countless small differences in the film as compared to the book, things such as
shuffling the order in which chapters appeared in the film. For example, the beginning of
the film took a different path than the beginning of the book. In the book the first
chapter set the tone for the rest of the book, describing the firefight and all that had
gone wrong, Burning into your mind the thought of Ron Kovic lying on the ground bleeding,
paralyzed, screaming for help and hearing people get shot all around him. The beginning of
the film is a different story all together. It gives you hope, it lulls you into believing
that this is a happy story, the kind where everything always works out in the end. It is
not until after the entire buildup of the character, after you feel as if you know him,
that you see this scene. The accidental killing of the civilians, the baby, the killing of
the corporal, all these things happen before you find out that this soldier, this Marine,
will come home paralyzed.

The film makes it a point to show that there was an on-going, pseudo romance between Ron
and Joan Marfe. The two of them kissing on his birthday, Ron running to the prom and
showing up soaking wet, asking her for a dance. Finding her after the war and going to a
protest with her. None of these things were anywhere in the book, in fact the book only
mentioned her once, and in that mentioning Ron said that he was always too nervous to ask
her for a date. The film completely leaves out Ron's marriage to Helen and his entire time
in California.

As for the reasons that Ron joined the Marine core there were some interesting and
important differences. The film leads you to believe that the major reason that Ron joined
the Marines was to be like his father, and that it was not only his duty to his country,
but he wanted to go, in fact he was afraid that if he didn't enlist soon that he might
miss the war entirely. His parents were also a lot more concerned with him going in the
film than they were in the book, especially his mother. While in the book Kovic makes it
extremely clear that the most influential reason for him joining the Marines was because
of the movies he saw as a boy, specifically the "Sands of Iwo Jima" and "To Hell and
Back". He loved the way that Hollywood had glamorized the battles and the wars. When he
thought of war that was what he thought about, John Wayne making a stand, taking out Japs
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