All Quiet On The Western Front Rhetorical Analysis
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To Kill a Mocking Bird/ All Quiet on the Western Front
Equipped with strong moral compasses and views ahead of their time, Harper Lee and Erich Maria Remarque produced novels that will be treasured for an eternity. ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’, set in the tired old town of Maycomb County, Alabama during the 1930’s, delves deep into the everyday racial slurs, sexist assumptions, and diversity of family life. ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ is a confronting slice of literary genius. Much like Lee, Remarque’s perspective on such a life-altering event is his own, untouched by any outside influences. Set in Germany this novel follows the life of a young solider whose life was stolen by the war. Strong characters and exquisite diction, Lee and Remarque…show more content… Growing up in a town built upon racist attitudes, inequality towards various classes and hypocrisy, Scout’s mindset is fashioned around her fellow towns folk’s views and those of her father Atticus Finch. Atticus is a man of justice, fairness and integrity. He takes on a lawsuit against Tom Robinson, a Negro man accused of raping a white girl. Atticus’ actions spark controversy leaving him harshly judged for his role in Tom Robinson’s case. The whispers of the case spread, finding its way into Scout’s ear. At first she doesn’t believe the crude remarks and eventually consoles in…show more content… Dissimilar is Atticus, Bob Ewell uses force and fear to control his family. Raised with a blurred integrity the Ewell offspring have little hope for a bright future. How a child is raised will set them up for a life of happiness and hope as an alternative to fear and despair. Becoming your parents can be a fear for some youngsters; Scout and Jem Finch will never know this angst.
Family is a stand out theme in this novel, a theme that makes you ponder all aspects on the text. Families provide their children with a sense of belonging without family they would be lost.
Much like the Finches open mindedness and spirited nature Erich Maria Remarque conceptualises characters full of warmth and morale. ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ is a daunting account of a generation that was destroyed by the war, as said by Remarque. Not an adventure, nor accusation or confession but a detail of the detrimental effects of war on a young man.
Paul Bäumer is the focal point of this novel, narrated by him as he endures a hellish involvement in histories’ darkest period. Paul’s generation was stolen and beaten by the war. Societies expectations of these young men pushed them unwillingly into purgatory. Fresh out of school and ready to explore the world and all it has to offer, these men were propelled into combat, given guns and taught