Full Metal Jacket – Literary Elements

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow Marine recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting set in 1968 in Hue, Vietnam.

1) What is the point of view of the movie?

2) What is the plot of the movie?

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3) Describe the following characters using the Fox Character Analysis Pyramid which includes name/title, physical appearance, personality, character’s role, character’s problems/challenges, major accomplishments, cultural context, and world view.

2Matthew Modine as Joker

3R. Lee Ermey as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman

4Vincent D'Onofrio as Private Leonard Gomer Pyle Lawrence

5Hugh Fox Ho Chi Minh City

6Hugh Fox Ho Chi Minh City

4) What is the theme of the movie?

5) What is the setting of the movie?  How important is the setting?

6) What is the genre of the movie?

7) Does the movie have any cultural lessons?

8) What are the literary conflicts of the movie?

Vietnam War

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