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  • In the hospital:
 “I fought for my country…I fucking deserve to be treated…decent…decent!  I earned that right, you fuck!”

(The frustration of being treated without respect by an individual but also a country that looked down on this war.  The country didn’t accept the war as just therefore they didn’t care for its Veterans.)
 

  •  When Ron rips down the cross:


 “I don’t believe in Him…I wish I were dead like Him…They want to hide us, because everything they told us was a lie!”
 “You need help with your god and your bullshit dreams about me.  Fuck you! We shot women and children!…They told us to go thou shall not kill…Fucking communism won…It’s all for nothing…There’s no God…no country, just me in this wheelchair and this dead penis!”

 “I want to be a man again. Who’s ever gonna love me?” (Ron weeps)
 

  • Ron and Charlie in the desert in Mexico.  This monologue is important, it is the turning point for Ronnie, after this he realizes he should get out of Mexico and go home to straighten his life out.


Charlie:  “Fuck’em. Fuck the Mexicans. Fuck the gooks.   Fuck’em all. . . .You ever have to kill little good babies? I’ll bet you was never ordered to kill little good babies. “

Kovic:  “Leave me the fuck alone.  Maybe I killed more babies than you did.”

Charlie:  “You ever look at yourself, in the mirror?  You better than us?  You a hero?  Shit, Kovic, you wasn’t even there.”
 
 

  •  At Nixons Speech, National Convention a time when Ron  and other Veterans speak up about their feeling about the war, and appear on TV


“We were lied to, tricked into going.  They say if you don’t love America, get out; well, we love America, but I can’t begin to tell you how the leadership of this country sickens me.  The government is a bunch of corrupt thieves . . . .The truth is they have killed a whole generation of young Americans. . . We are never going to let the people of the United States forget this war. Our steel is your Memorial Day on wheels!  We are your Yankee Doodle Dandy come home.”

"This war is a crime.  You can’t stop us from what we are here to say!  This trickery is wrong.  You tricked us into going thirteen thousand miles to fight a poor peasant people.   I can’t find the words to explain how this leadership sickens me!  The government is a bunch of corrupt thieves, rapist, and robbers."

Chanting:  “Stop the war!  Why are they gassing us?  Because it’s a lie!  Because they have tricked a whole generation!  We want them to hear the truth, you killing our brothers in Vietnam!”
 

  •  The reactions that Ron gets when he returns home from the war, in his wheel chair paralyzed.  Sarcastic, the reactions he receives are ironic.


 "Welcome home Ronnie."
 “Hey Ronnie, how are you man?”  You look good, you look good!”
 “Hey Ronnie, looking good.”
“Ronnie welcome home!  You look so good.  It’s so good to see you.  Will you look at him? He
   looks great!”
 

  • Combined with rigid religious training, Ron Kovic was taught to be very disciplined and strong.  It is a major part of the reason why he joined the armed forces, specifically the Marines, the hardest of the armed forces.


“If you want to win you’ve got to SUFFER…you gotta pay the price for victory.  The price is SACRIFICE.  SACRIFICE, people!”
 
 

  •   In the hospital: The frustration of being treated without respect by an individual but also a country that looked down on this war.  The country didn’t accept the war as just, therefore they didn’t care for its Veterans.


“I fought for my country…I fucking deserve to be treated…decent…decent!  I earned that right, you fuck!”
 
 

  •   Displays how dreams and hopes were lost.  Mother’s religious ways were a mere fantasy, and all the praying and hope in the world could not forgo this tragedy.
 “Why did it happen this way…I prayed for you over there, Ronnie, you didn’t know how much I prayed…you were always the best, the brightest little boy…that little smile…I loved you most of all.”