Anthony Doerr's All The Light We Cannot See

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Anthony Doerr in All the Light We Cannot See adds an interesting character named Frederick who goes against what's normal and stands up for what's right. Frederick is unlike the other boys at Schulpforta because he does not care what people think of him. He does what he thinks is right and talks about what he wants to talk about even if the school doesn’t approve of it. This leads Frederick into a bad situation that turns the wrong way. Frederick also meets a friend at Schulpforta named Werner who knows what he is doing is wrong, but still does it because he is afraid of the consequences. Fredrick shows Werner what it means to stand up for what someone believes in by being out of the ordinary daily, protecting others even if they are enemies,…show more content…
It starts with the weakest races. Frederick gets hit by Rodel with the hose repeatedly. Werner almost says something then he shuts his mouth. The is caused by Frederick saying “I don’t know, sir” (193) when Bastian asks him if he is the weakest. He then says “Some people are weak in some ways, sir. Others in other ways” (193). Bastian thinks this is a bad answer, so he tells Rodel to hit him with the hose. After this, he starts doing Frederick’s chores to make him feel better about himself for not standing up for Frederick. Frederick still continuously stands up for what he believes in. Werner tells Frederick that he should leave the school for a little bit. Frederick replies “Maybe it’d be better if we aren’t friends anymore, Werner” (251). That night Frederick gets pummeled by a group of boys by which he becomes paralyzed and not able to remember things for a long time. Frederick is always thinking of other’s and their future while he does what he thinks is the right thing to do. After that quote from Frederick, he says that Werner should focus on his studies and not worry about Frederick because Frederick could hold him back and get him in trouble. Before this Frederick does not confront Werner at any time for not standing up for him because he understands that Werner has no other options than the
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