Richard Nixon is usually depicted as the man you love to hate, glorified for being at the root of controversy in America's history.But in Oliver Stone's film Nixon, viewers begin to love the man that grew up in Whittier, California.As the son of a poor grocer, Nixon is depicted as a boy striving for acceptance, and the chance to use this acceptance to fulfill the American dream.
Without having any real previous knowledge about Richard Nixon, other than what I saw in All the Presidents Men, I feared this film, too, would bring even more confusion to the issues than what I already felt. To my surprise, the film seemed as if a documentary of the man, carefully depicting every area of his life and showing who he was, not what his image represented.
Nixon was a man of pure thought but he knew that he had to be more than just that to come out ahead.His life was based on determination and the will to win at any cost.Nixon came to a point where the decisions he would make would directly dictate his life. A point where the decision was to either remain a simple, honest man or to go that extra step in search for excellence. It was this confusion, this shadow over his ideals that, I believe, led to his alleged involvement in the scandal behind the break-in of the democratic office.The break in that cost Richard Nixon his dream of further greatness.
Nixon lived his life as a fairly honest man (as honest as a person can be).Values of honesty and the importance of the truth were instilled upon him at an early age by his mother.By living such a life he accomplished a great deal early on; becoming a congressman at the age of 33, a senator by age 37 and vice-president at the age of 39.But to him these feats were not enough.He wanted to live the American dream-to become president of the United States.In attempt to do so he ran against John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential campaign.Unfortunately he lost.He …


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