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    Oral/places and forms of power

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    Oral/places and forms of power
    Message de louis98 posté le 11-05-2015 à 14:03:52 (S | E | F)
    Bonjour,
    je passe mon oral d'anglais très prochainement et je vous serais très reconnaissant si vous pouviez m'aider à corriger mon texte sur la notion "places and forms of power".
    Merci d'avance.

    Power is the ability to influence the behavior of others, the capacity to exercise control and authority. At all times, power has been in the hands of politicians or military chiefs. But power implies also counter-power, that is to say opposition and resistance. There are different forms of counter-power such as medias: press, television, radio, internet and arts: painting, literature, music. The voices of protest through the music during the Vietnam War is a good example of counter-power. What was the real power of music in the evolution of the Vietnam War? I will try to answer this question thanks to the documents we studied.
    Firstly, I’m going to make a brief recap of what was the Vietnam War and the American public opinion about it with the help of the document “the Vietnam War-a few facts”. This war began in 1955 with a violent opposition between the North-Vietnam which is communist and the South-Vietnam which isn’t. The United States decided to send the US army in 1963 to prevent Vietcong from invading the South. They worried about the domino consequences: if the country fell into communism, his neighbors will too. This war was totally unpopular for different reasons: first there were heavy casualties and it was very difficult for the population to accept that especially as the war seems in the eyes of the population unjustified and useless. Moreover, the war was integrally filmed and the media brought the brutality of the war with among others things the uses of napalm and the civil massacres such as the massacre of My-Lay. It provokes a public opinion shock. Finally, it was very difficult for young teenagers which received a draft card to go fighting in Vietnam. They were numerous who disapprove this war and didn’t want to be a part of that so they decided to burn their draft card and run away to Canada: it is the case of Tim O’Brien in the document we read. For all these reasons, the Anti-War movement was born and it gathered young people, hippies and draft dodger and songs were an important part of that protest. I’m going to speak about that.

    The very famous singer of the Beatles John Lennon was one of the most important figures of the Anti-War movement. He always said what he thought and it’s the reason why the government tried to silence him. A documentary film named “The US vs John Lennon” and released in 2006 tells us his story.
    The document “Vietnam the music of protest” learns us more about the evolution of the protest music. At the beginning of the war, some singers like Joan Baez and Bob Dylan began to get messages across their anti-war songs and their lyrics were played at rallies and demonstrations. We have listened a very famous song written by Country Joe MacDonald named “I feel like I’m fixing to die rag” which accuses the government of taking advantages of the war and prevent the population from the risk to send their son in Vietnam: indeed they say “you can be the first one on your block to have your boy come home in a box”. This song became the satirical anthem of the Anti-War movement and it was even sung by the American soldiers in Vietnam.
    Then the folk music let place to rock music at the center of protest culture with many groups which touch a more numerous audience. It was also the time of the Woodstock music festival which gathered an enormous number of people and spread the hippy’s message of peace with a great influence on the population. In the rock, the message was important; it was a very powerful form of communication and a vehicle of change. Thanks to this involvement, soldiers were withdrawn little by little.

    To conclude, singers always have a great importance during the wars and especially to entertain troops and boost their morale. During the Vietnam War, it was the contrary: the most famous singers encouraged young people not to accept this unfair war. It is obvious that they had a big influence on the decision of the Nixon’s government to withdraw us army from Vietnam. However, it is not the only reason : medias had also a huge power.

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    Modifié par lucile83 le 11-05-2015 19:08


    Réponse: Oral/places and forms of power de notrepere, postée le 11-05-2015 à 17:31:16 (S | E)
    Bonjour

    Power is the ability to influence the behavior of others, the capacity to exercise control and authority. At all times, power has been in the hands of politicians or military chiefs. But power implies also(1) counter-power, that is to say opposition and resistance. There are different forms of counter-power such as medias(2): the press, television, radio, the internet and the arts: painting, literature, music. The voices of protest through the music during the Vietnam War is a good example of counter-power. What was the real power of music in the evolution of the Vietnam War? I will try to answer this question thanks to the documents we studied.

    Firstly, I’m going to make a brief recap of what was the Vietnam War(3) and the American public opinion about it with the help of the document “the Vietnam War-a few facts”. This war began in 1955 with a violent opposition between the North Vietnam which is communist and the South-Vietnam which isn’t. The United States decided to send the US army in 1963 to prevent the Vietcong from invading the South. They worried about the domino consequences: if the country fell into communism, his(4) neighbors will too. This war was totally unpopular for different reasons: first there were heavy casualties and it was very difficult for the population to accept that especially as the war seems in the eyes of the population unjustified and useless. Moreover, the war was integrally filmed and the media brought the brutality of the war with among others things the uses of napalm and the civil massacres such as the My Lai Massacre. It provoked a public opinion shock. Finally, it was very difficult for young teenagers that received a draft card to go fighting(5) in Vietnam. They were numerous who disapprove(6) this war and didn’t want to be a part of that so they decided to burn their draft cards and run away to Canada: this is the case of Tim O’Brien in the document we read. For all these reasons, the Anti-War movement was born and it gathered young people, hippies and draft dodgers and songs were an important part of that protest. I’m going to speak about that.

    (1) also se place avant le verbe
    (2) medias est rare en anglais; on dirait plutôt 'the media'
    (3) ordre des mots
    (4) mauvaise traduction de son/sa/ses
    (5) il faut un 'to' infinitif
    (6) cet extrait est mot à mot du français ; il faut le tourner autrement





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