Analysis Of All Quiet On The Western Front: Lupe Fiasco

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Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, also known as Lupe Fiasco, was born on February 16, 1982. He was raised in Chicago, Illinois, where he became fascinated by hip-hop. He started his journey into the music industry by recording songs in his father’s basement. His parents divorced when he was just five years old and went on to live with his mother. Muhammad signed a record deal with the Atlantic Records through the help of the rapper, Jay-Z. Jay-Z helped Lupe produce his album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. Lupe rose to fame in 2006 due to the success this album received. In addition to music, Fiasco is also an entrepreneur. He manages two clothing lines, Righteous Kung-Fu and Trilly & Truly. Wasalu Jaco concocted the name “Lupe Fiasco” from two separate …show more content…

The song “Battle Scars” talks about the mental scars left in individuals due to a stressed life and relationship. The novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, is about a soldier, Paul Bäumer, who is bombarded with the harsh realities of war and realizes that he has nothing to go back to. In the song, Lupe says, “A lover not a fighter on the front line with a poem” (verse 17). Both parts of this line describe Paul Bäumer, “A lover not a fighter” and “on the front lines with a poem”. The first part describes Paul in the novel because he tried to avoid any conflict resulting in something bigger than it was. He used kind gestures and words instead of violence. An example from the book is when Kemmerich is in the hospital and Paul wants to give him a dose of morphine to ease his pain. Kropp viciously yells at the orderly for refusing to give morphine to Kemmerich. However, Paul quickly interferes and give the orderly cigars so everyone can be happy. “I hastily intervene and give him a cigarette” (Remarque 17). The second part also defines Paul and the other soldiers as having some type of “drive” or motive that keeps them on the front lines and not at …show more content…

This could describe many places in the novel, like when he is on his first leave and sees his mother, when his close friend Kat dies in his arms, or when he kills the French soldier in hand-to-hand combat. The scene with his mother is the one that triggers his emotions the most, causing him to burst into tears. When Paul visits his home, his sister opens the door and calls their mother to notify her. Awkwardly, Paul freezes in place because his sister’s call to their mother has made him powerless and miserable. “I lead myself against the wall and grip my helmet and rifle. I hold them as tight as I can, but I cannot take another step, the staircase fades before my eyes, I support myself with the butt of my rifle against my feet and clench my teeth fiercely, but I cannot speak a word, my sister’s call has made me powerless” (Remarque 157). Paul is at the border line of breaking and cannot even come up the steps to see his

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