The movie American Sniper is based on the autobiography of the most lethal sniper in United States history, Chris Kyle. The movie describes his life story, starting with when he was just a child shooting a gun, and taking a life for his first time. It goes on to explain the reason he decided to join the military, and became a Navy SEAL. It summarizes his four tours through Iraq, and how much it affected him and his families lives and mentalities in countless ways. One example of the way it affected Kyle was how throughout the movie you can see him developing a sort of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
Chris Kyle proudly held the record of being the most lethal sniper United States history with 160 confirmed kills. He chose to leave service for the sake of his family in 2009. He chose to continue his life helping the men who fought with him by rehabilitating them. Sadly he was killed in 2013 by a fellow man in the service, A United States Marine who suffered severely from the effects of PTSD, the same disorder Kyle eventually overcame.
Hamlet and Kyle both shared certain characteristics. For example Hamlet was seeking revenge for his father with the plot to kill the murderer of his father, his uncle. Kyle was also very infuriated throughout his career watching the enemy kill his fellow men that fought beside him. He became enraged with the urge to obtain revenge from the enemy, which he did, as did Hamlet. However Hamlet and Kyle were both very different in just about all other aspects. Hamlet was a more classical person from a much earlier point in time, mainly because the story was written about 400 years ago. Kyle however was a much more modern type of person, who expressed many values or morals, such as always doing what’s right.
Ophelia and Taya Kyle, Chris’ wife, did also share very few characteristics. One main thing they had in common was the tremendous amount of concern they both had for the love of their lives. Ophelia began to become increasingly worried about Hamlet due to his deteriorating mental state, and the way it had been affecting their relationship. Taya also began to start showing an unbelievable amount of concern toward her husband’s safety, and even his mental state. She could tell that the war was changing him, every time he would return home he seemed different, as if his mind was still there even though he wasn’t. Ophelia and Taya’s relationship to each other was rather similar to Hamlet and Chris’, they did not seem to have that many things in common with each other.
The stories have a very clear contrast between each other when you consider dialogue; however, in a way they both shared a sort of hierarchical system of dialogue. In a sense, the characters in Hamlet spoke to each other in order of rank, by always expressing respect toward anybody that was ranked higher than themselves in the kingdom. The characters in American Sniper always stuck to a hierarchical system of dialogue, in the scenes during war, because the entire military uses a system of ranks. Aside from that the dialogue in each story differs greatly. Mainly because there’s a huge difference in the time periods between each story, but also because the stories are from very different
parts of the world.
Both stories can be recognized universally for the urge to obtain revenge for something. Most people would much rather have revenge for something done to them. It may not always be the right thing, but it is human nature. This is the reason the viewers of the story can agree and respect their urge for revenge. In that way they are universal to each other. Hamlet can be considered as a better story to people that have full faith in morality, because it teaches the lesson that revenge is never the answer to anything, since it always ends up being bad for the person responsible. However I consider American Sniper to be the greatest story out of any because of the way one man can devote his entire life, by accepting to risk his life for the sake of his country.
Each story conveys tremendously valuable life lessons. These are the reasons why each story should always be remembered and told to each new generation to carry on. Hamlet should be remembered for the fact that revenge shouldn’t ever be the answer. American Sniper for the amount of dedication a person is capable of developing. With the amount of love Chris Kyle had for his country, he should always be a highlight in American history. In my opinion he deserves a place in history books.
— Jacob Batterton