In both works, the soldiers set aside their morals to overcome the horrors of war such as killing a man. This challenges their emotional endurance and has negative consequences on their mental disposition. Paul Bäumer, the protagonist in All Quiet on the Western Front, is put in a situation where he must suspend his ethics otherwise his supposed enemy, Gérard Duval, will murder him. This is the first time Paul has killed with his own hands, and “every gasp [of the enemy] lays [Paul’s] heart bare” (Remarque 221). He feels instant regret for his actions, and he “would give much if [Duval] would but stay alive” (Remarque 221).
He saved him from a brutal, endless amount of suffering and pain. As I mentioned before this isn’t the first time this happened, so who’s to say that it won’t happen again? George must be tired of running and Lennie probably was too, but just not capable of expressing it. Another quote in the text “My Right To Death With Dignity At 29” states, “I quickly decided that death with dignity was the best option for me and my family.” She knew that her death with the pride she still had left was preferable to dying a little later while suffering. This relates to Of Mice and Men because George wanted Lennie to be happy and still hold onto his pride when he died.
The way Granny is used and abused throughout her long life has worn her down and brought her to a breaking point. As Granny takes her last breath she begs, "God, give a sign!" (294) and when she is given none she "...blows out the light" (294) ending her life, and thus giving up on God. Her final jilting coming from the same hand who gave her life, God himself. The irony being that God not giving her a sign, held a secret sign.
This allows David to come to the realization that he is being consumed by the darkness and grief in his heart, and leaves him in ambivalence on if he should take revenge on Steelheart for something he did years prior, over the cost of thousands of innocent civilian lives. David succumbs to the pressure and follows the path of revenge as he comes to believe that revenge against Steelheart is his purpose in life, resulting in him and the Reckoners attempting to kill Steelheart. Overall I would rate this book seven out of ten top hats because it provided an entertaining read about the clash between the supernatural forces of good
The king did not stand for this so he planned to kill the figure, but yet the figure killed him. The citizens of the party then confronted the figure with rudeness and violence and yet the figure killed them too. This tells you that the “Red Death” actually represents Death himself and no matter how hard you try you can’t escape from
Montag felt threatened by him, and he felt anger for what he had said about books. “‘…Well, the world can get by just fine without them…’” The world can get by just fine without them, without Clarisse, without anyone who decides to think differently. He wanted Beatty to feel the same thing Clarisse felt when she died. Just like Jan Zabinski did during World War II. Jan would poison the meat that was going to Nazi soldiers as a part of the rebellion to make them feel the same way the Nazi’s did.
In addition, the scene where one of the inexperienced soldiers falls into the poison gas filled trench, and Kat is about to shoot him to rid him of his pain, shows the use of lethal gas in the Great War by nations to kill masses of people. The poisonous gases would usually inflict serious injuries, and later death, upon soldiers, to which others, mercifully, would kill the injured soldier, to give them a painless death. Moreover, the depiction of machine guns and poisonous gases, alongside trench warfare, is used to imply that military advances and defences for these tactics were the reason why a stalemate occurred in World War
In the book All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque, the author utilizes juxtaposition and situational irony to demonstrate the negative impacts of war on a soldiers’ relationships, more specifically how being a young soldier isolates one from their family and pre-war life. Erich Remarque uses situational irony to indicate that the Great War influences the soldiers’ connections to their families, by secluding themselves from their parents and siblings. Near the end of Paul’s leave of absence, he felt isolated and full of regret, “I ought never to have come here. Out there I was indifferent and often hopeless-I will never be able to be so again. I was a soldier, and now I am nothing but an agony for myself, for my mother, for everything that is so comfortless and without end.”(Remarque 185) This quote accentuates the narrator’s separation from his family, when he cries out “I ought never to have come here.” Moreover, commonly, soldiers are exhilarated to finally go home after long periods of time at the front, and the men dread when they have to return to battle.
She realizes that her silence has been slowly killing her saying, "I wept…for all the words never spoken between my mother, my father, and me"(17). By not sharing their story, whether it be to one another or a third party, that she has taken away value from her life. Hiding away this experience has only hindered her life and caused her to loss her sense of identity. The narrator speaks to this saying, "Most of all I cried for those other girls who had vanished and never come back, including myself"(18). She is bringing attention to both the voices that screamed that night and those who were overcome with a deafening silence.
For example, “Enrique is bewildered. Who will take care of him now that his mother is gone?” (7). This quote shows us that with the use of 3rd person omniscient POV, Enrique is hurt and broken that his mother has left him. “She slides to the floor, to her knees and prays. She vows to god she will never ask him for anything for her son” (260).