"We were Soldiers" and the novel "all Quiet on the Western Front".

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Comparison & Contrast Of:

All Quiet On The Western Front & We Were Soldiers

The Novel " All Quiet on the Western Front" and the movie "We were soldiers" starring Mel Gibson are both stories about the war. The both have similar and different Themes, Protagonists and Plots. The brutalities of the stories are similar, the compassion of the main characters is similar but the plots of the novel and the movie are different.

Firstly, The themes to each of the stories are very similar. In the Novel, one of the themes are the brutality of war, which is described in every scene in the novel. At the end of the novel, almost every major character is dead, symbolizing the war's effect on young men who were forced to fight it. Another theme is The Effect of War on the Soldier; it is set among soldiers fighting on the battlefield.

They go without food and sleep, clothing, or medical care. They are forced to deal with the sudden deaths of their close friends. Paul States, "We march up, moody or good-tempered soldiers--we reach the zone where the front begins and become on the instant human animals." "We Were Soldiers" Also has the theme of the horrors of war. This movie is extremely violent, gory, and frightening. The Scenes were very realistic and many people died throughout the movie. The movie supports as a tribute to the fighting men, but not to the politicians and desk generals who used them with no purpose. The two stories both have themes about the brutality and horror of war.

Secondly, The Main Characters of the novels are both compassionate individuals. In "All quiet On the Western Front" Paul is the protagonist and narrator of the novel. He is a kind,