All Quiet on the Western Front vs. The Man he Killed
There are many different opinions about war. Some people argue that war is necessary and others argue that war is only destructive and miserable. In “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque and “The Man He Killed” by Thomas Hardy, they compare and contrast their similar outlooks on the war. Both texts try to express and deal with their perspectives of war through the ideas of nationalism, the similarities of two enemies, and the lost generation.
In “The Man He Killed,” the first stanza states “Had he and I but met by some old ancient inn, we should have set us down to wet right many a nipperkin.” In the second stanza, it continues to say, “But ranges as infantry, and staring face to face, I shot him as he at me, and killed him in his place.” These stanzas portray that if they weren’t meeting in battle, they could have been friends and he didn't have to kill the other man. They didn’t hate each other, they didn’t know each other; they were fighting because it was their commitment to their country. In “All Quiet on the Western Front,” Kropp suggests that instead of this defective, awful system of war, the generals and leaders should be put in an arena and fight, and the last one standing is claimed the winner of the war. This demonstrates that even though Kropp is willing to die for his country, he does not agree with how it runs and he doesn’t believe that it’s fair, but he continues to fight for his country because it’s his responsibility. In comparison, both situations express nationalism because even though neither of them agree that what they are doing isn’t moral or ethical, they continue because it’s their duty and they want to be honorable to their country.
In chapter eight of All Quiet on the Western Front, Paul says “They look just as kindly as our own peasants in Friesland,” when he was next to a Russian prisoner of war camp. Paul is astonished that if he were to see these men...