Within Eastwood’s diverse repertory of movie exists a common yarn. From his Westerns to his more recent “mature” works. the subject of community—and its significance to the individual—has been examined continuously. This thematic geographic expedition becomes particularly interesting in Flags of our Fathers. as the community within the movie isn’t your mundane group. Eastwood’s word picture of the military offers a new range of community from the soldier’s point of position and their connexion to it. From the outside looking in. the military may look to be a topographic point of strong integrity and mutuality. nevertheless Flags of our Fathers exposes merely how unreal the military community can be.
When Eastwood dives into the narrative of WWII at Iwo Jima. he ab initio builds a sense of mutuality within the military community. and so destroys it. Once the soldiers reach Iwo Jima. they will rapidly detect that the military offers a instead unreal community. founded on “the beds of misinterpretation and calculated inhuman treatment that fuel. so exploit. immature men’s agony” ( Vaux 143 ) . For illustration. as the soldiers ship off to Iwo Jima they listen to music and sing along with each other on the boats. As the planes fly overhead. they cheer excitedly. beckon their chapeaus and set their weaponries around one another: there is a strong sense of chumminess. However. once the planes fly overhead. a fellow soldier falls overboard into the Pacific. His other soldiers want to assist him. but they face the rough world that they can’t halt for him. This is their first glance into the world that their sense of nationalism and togetherness is all a catch to entice them into conflict.
Another manner in which Eastwood demonstrates the unreal community within the armed forces is through the word picture of life after war. For illustration. one would anticipate those who portion a bond in a close community to maintain in touch and look out for one another long after their shared experience. However. the soldiers in Flags of our Fathers make merely the opposite. For illustration. decennaries after WWII. Ira is walking down a route in Texas. and one of the work forces in his regiment thrusts by him. Rather than halt for a 2nd and assist out his former spouse. he merely glimpses and keeps driving. Besides. when the soldiers are at Soldier Field reenacting the elevation of the flag. the crowd cheers wildly. nevertheless the soldiers are flooded by posttraumatic emphasis and merely desire to acquire out of there: they want nil to make with it ( Vaux 152 ) . Eastwood shows that the experience of war is non something that those involved want to continue. but instead bury it all.
In Flags of our Fathers. Eastwood successfully captures the single soldier’s relationship to his military community. Unlike most foreigners believe this experience and bond is rather unreal. Soldiers rapidly learn that they are merely pawns of their commanding officers and that “killing is what we’re here for” ( Vaux 152 ) . The horrors and atrociousnesss of war are frequently hid behind a false sense of nationalism. nevertheless Eastwood references military life candidly and dauntlessly in Flags of our Fathers.