Comparison Of Society In A Christmas Carol And All Quiet On The Western Front

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Throughout history man has been inhumane to one another, which leads to the breakdown of society. During the Industrial Revolution, exemplified in A Christmas Carol, the wealthy people began to believe that they were of a higher ranking than the poor people. The greed of Joseph Stalin during the Russian Revolution is elucidated in Animal Farm by George Orwell. Additionally, the greed of the leaders in World War 1, is depicted in All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. In our society, along with the past society, gluttony has been prevalent which is illustrated in A Christmas Carol, Animal Farm, and All Quiet on the Western Front. In A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, the greed of Ebenezer Scrooge causes the breakdown …show more content…

Paul the narrator of the story, was forced into war by his teacher Kantorek, who romanticized the experiences in war. Kantorek did not know what the war could do the young soldiers. Paul narrates that “There were thousands of Kantoreks, all of whom were convinced that they were acting for the best — in a way that cost them nothing”(Remarque 12). The school teachers along with family members of the soldiers believed that the war would not cost them anything. Kantorek was only thinking about himself when he suggested that Paul and his classmates should enter the war. At the time Kantorek proposed the idea of the boys entering the war, he was unaware that the boys would be part of the lost generation. Since many soldiers, including Paul and his classmates, will be adrift from society, humanity will eventually break down due to the massive amount of deaths. Additionally, Himmelstoss, one of Paul’s commanders, exhibits his greed to preserve his power. Himmelstoss continually orders the soldiers around, making them complete unnecessary tasks. Himmelstoss uses his power to humiliate the troops, which causes the men to despise him. Kropp expresses his discontent about the leaders of the war, “It’s not only Himmelstoss, there are lots of them. As sure as they get a stripe or a star they become …show more content…

After the expulsion of Mr. Jones, owner of the Animal Farm, Napoleon hastily takes over. On the Animal Farm, the animals assume that food would be given out equally, but that is not the case. The pigs take all of the milk and apples to themselves, while not distributing any to the other animals. Napoleon does not realize he is being greedy at the time, but it is declared that “The importance of keeping the pigs in good health was all too obvious. So it was agreed without further argument that the milk and apples should be served to the pigs alone”(Orwell 43). Napoleon states that the milk and apples will benefit the animals of the farm because they are keeping the leaders healthy. Napoleon further states that his actions are not selfish at all. However this is ironic because Napoleon put his needs above the other animals on the farm, therefore making him greedy. Napoleon’s greed causes the animals on the farm to rebel against him. During this rebellion, many animals are executed and Napoleon’s government begins to alternate, turning the Animal Farm back into Manor Farm. Napoleon’s greed is also exemplified when he sells Boxer’s body to the knacker, in order to get money to buy whiskey. The Animals of Animal Farm find out from Squealer, the pig who spreads propaganda, that “...the expensive medicines for which Napoleon had paid without a thought as to the

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