John Rambo – An American Legend
John Rambo is an iconic fictional character in the Rambo series. He first appears in First Blood by David Morrell, but later became even more popular as the star of the movie series, where he again was featured as the primary protagonist. Rambo achieved worldwide popularity because of his distinct personality and fighting skills. He was depicted as a fierce and powerful American hero, who had become a legend due to his death. It is interesting to note that apart from Rambo the movies have also created several spin offs based on characters who appeared in these films, namely, Chetnam Young-Love, Donnie Yen, and even Wesley Snipes.
John Rambo’s life is one of constant struggle and hardship. He was born in Depression-era America, and consequently was surrounded by a wide range of negative social aspects. It was this environment that resulted in Rambo’s anti-war views. As a result, he never felt like a complete American citizen. He refused to accept the draft, and fought in all wars until he finally became a member of Congress, representing New York.
The fact that John Rambo did not fight in World War Two gave him the chance to fight in Vietnam. This experience also gave him a clear and fearless perspective, which obviously prevented him from being too sympathetic towards the communist cause. On the other hand, his anti-war stance also prevented him from serving in Vietnam.
During the 1960s, however, a situation arose when Americans could no longer stay behind the defense lines. The war was still on, yet there were no clear battlefields. Instead, all Americans were being pulled out of Vietnam. Most of them wound up in a Vietnam-styled “reinforced beachhead area” – an area that, for all practical purposes, included all the major cities of South Vietnam. This meant that nearly half of the population was now living in a region without clear front lines.
John Rambo decided to make his anti-war views very clear in this film, and the result was an absolutely unforgettable film. One thing that strikes me as absolutely incredible about this film is the fact that, despite its contemporary setting, the movie is largely in keeping with the times. Rambo stands up for himself and his beliefs, and he also does so with a refreshingly original style.
John Rambo enters the picture as a thoroughly average, up-and-coming boxer. In order to get a big payday, he agrees to take on a grueling fight against an experienced fighter named Royce. The match itself is a blood-soaked back and forth struggle that rambo eventually wins. Royce, however, is impressed with Rambo’s ability to continue fighting after getting badly beaten – he decides to test Rambo’s strength himself. Rambo agrees to let Royce beat him, and when the fight finally takes place, it goes well enough for both men to win.
After the war, John Rambo travels to Vietnam to work as a U.S. soldier. There, he joins up with the Buddhist monks who are training a younger generation of warrior-princesses to fight the war abroad. During one of his trips back to Vietnam, he runs into Cham, who is there to see if he can spare some food for the poor. He tells Rambo of a plan to organize an attack on communist Vietnamese troops that would starve out their enemy.
John Rambo’s journey across Asia is not without obstacles. Along the way, he is harassed by the enemy and captures several Chinese soldiers. He is also forced to defend himself from attacks from his own countrymen (some of whom were actually US soldiers). Overall, Rambo wins most of the battles that he fights, but he is never truly victorious. In the end, he is badly beaten and flees to the United States. He later is captured and taken to China, where he joins forces with Mao against the Americans.