Kokoda Movie - in Depth Contrast and Comparsion

In the 2007 movie 'Kokoda' we see the values of sacrifice, selflessness and mate-ship. The movie shows the real life experiences of ill equipped and ill trained   Australian troops as they fight their way through thick terrain away from the Japanese forces back to safe lines.

The sense of community had by the 39th Battalion can be compared and contrasted to the play 'Rainbows End' (Jane Harrison). In the comparison these men, like 'Nan Dear' are supporting each other through thick and thin under hardship and extreme circumstances, This support is to the point of sacrifice for the individuals, willing to sacrifice their lives in 'Kokoda' and their own happiness in 'Rainbow's End.

A sense of duty and responsibility is present in both 'Kokoda' and 'Rainbow's End'. The family values demonstrated in 'Rainbow's End' compare and contrast to Jack’s duty to his brother and conflict with his duty to his country. 'Nan Dear', 'Glady's and 'Dolly' are willing to be selfless in their attempts to assist the other members of their family while at the same time doing so from their own positions in their life and culture. Jack has the comparative dilemma of trying maintain the sense of family, and that it means to sacrifice and mate-ship to the last with that same sacrifice and mate-ship put to the test for the good of all his fellow soldiers, who are brothers-in-arms.

The war in New Guinea was at a time when war hardened and trained troops were fighting in the Middle East. Australia had available conscripts who were considered unfit for combat duties. These were known as 'chocos' –   because it was believed they would would melt away in battle. Until this point in the fighting chocos were kept doing menial tasks such as working at unloading cargo. Even though they were from the outside considered inferior fighting troops than there Middle Eastern counterparts they had a deep seated sense of community and marched forward to the fighting. This compares with the sense of...