Welcome back to the second week of wondering how to comprehend Shakespeare’s way of writing. This week we finished the story of Romeo and Juliet. We also finished our second podcast episode about Shakespeare about adaptations.
One thing that caught my eye during this week was when we were looking at what happened in 1968 and trying to see if anything could’ve affected the outcome of the final film. One of the substantial things going on was the Vietnam war. It was mentioned that the Americans didn’t win and that actually turned out to be a draw. This came by surprise for me because I thought the Vietnamese were the ones struggling as the US has a much larger military force. It turns out I’m stupid but not completely stupid. The war isn’t actually just the US against Vietnam but other military forces were involved which changed the outcome of the war and it was actually a war in which Vietnam wasn’t just fighting against others but amongst themselves.
While looking into this war I came across this video and it caught my eye as I thought of all wars as if they were similar to WW2, with mostly gunfights. After seeing this I realized how war isn’t always just big explosions and lots of pew pews. Although this video addresses the fact that the majority of the war was still gunfights, its interesting to see how using creativity and making traps which are almost like the ones you see in Star Wars on Endor. It is also eye opening to me to see how significant of a role the landscape plays into the outcome of the war.