All Quiet on the Western Front very strongly achieves its goal of showing how a generation was destroyed by the war through its intense use of showing how the men have gone from everyday boys in school to almost less-than-human soldiers. It shows that these men were patriotic, proud people and became somewhat petty scavengers; and it shows that these men were unable to go back to their homes ‘intact.’ I think one of the most crucial parts of showing lost innocence is when Bäumer discusses his when he joined the army to fight in the war. He mentions his schoolmaster named Kantorek as someone who very strongly pushed for his students to enlist, going so far as to give them long lectures, to the point where all of Paul Bäumer’s classmates signed up. (11) Paul goes on to admit that he felt betrayed by Kantorek and the older generation. Paul later hears from Mittelstaedt that has been
Journal Assignment The book Maus is written by Art Spiegeleman, a son of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish Holocaust survivor. It is not a conventional book, Art writes his dad's survival story as a novel, a documentary, and a comic book. While on its surface it appears to be a documentary of a Holocast survivor, the central narrative of the book deals extensively with the relationship between Vladek and his son. It seems that Art wrote his dad's story as a way of coping with his own feelings of guilt. As I started to read this book, I could not put it down, mainly because the relationship between Vladek and Artie resembles the relationship of my dad and my grandfather.
He steals this natural right from his son by making him believe he had a different father his entire life. Another injustice carried out by a father happens with the unfair love Adam shows to Aron over Cal; somewhat similar to how Baba treats his boys. In order for children to feel safe and nurtured they must feel loved as well. Cal is always trying to impress his dad and make up for any mistakes he makes. He accepts the death of his brother as his fault, claiming he is the reason he joined the army.
Elie Wiesel, the author of Night, grew up in the small Hasidic Community of Sighet in Transylvnia, Romania. He was a rather religious and sentimental young boy, who wanted to be guided in the studies of the cabbala. He asked his father to find him a master, but his father refused, which led to Elie finding himself a master, Moshe the Beadle. Moshe the Beadle was one of the first people to warn the other Jews of what was in store for them. Soon after his warnings other signs of change came about.
In the novel Night Elie Wiesel shares his persona memories of the Holocaust. In which he experienced the loss of friends, and family. The evil caused by the Germans against the Jews severely shattered Elie’s hope and belief in the goodness of human beings. Although Elie retained his views throughout his life, the novel Night shows that Wiesel was able to restore his faith in others. At the end of the novel Wiesel states that the image of himself that he saw in the mirror compelled him to keep moving forward in life and to resist the impulses of
Through dialogue and tone we understand that Homer is quite distant from his father. After his father saves the miner’s life Homer proudly says, “That’s my dad,” but as his dad starts to yell at the miner, he again says, “That’s my dad” but this time with an embarrassed tone. Through this technique we are able to see that while Homer wants to be proud of his dad because of his lack of compassion he feels uncomfortable and uneasy around him. This scene is also shown in a very dark and dull colour, which reflects how Homer feels coldness towards his father compared to the rest of his bright life. When John Hickam sees his son and enquires to how the football training went, close camera angles show us the disappointment that Homer experiences on his face and as the camera cuts back to John we see how he thinks his son is weak.
At this point this becomes crucial, because the Nazi oppression in the concentration camps makes it harder for any relationship. It is shocking to Elie on many occasions, the cruelty sons show their fathers in many of the barracks. He says of this particular boy, “I saw one of thirteen beating his father because the latter had not made his bed properly. The old man was crying softly while the boy shouted, “If you don’t stop crying I shan’t bring you any more bread. Do you understand?” This event serves a warning to Elie not to lose his sense of compassion towards his father so that they can remain close and continue supporting each other because without each other neither of them will survive.
It is obvious to the reader that the Holocaust has had major impacts on Vladek, as the reader would expect considering he lived through the War, although the impacts the Holocaust had on Artie are also shown throughout the novel. Even though Artie never lived through the Holocaust, his parents were survivors, and that had significant impacts on him as both a child and an adult. An example is shown through Arties jealousy of his parent’s fascination with their first son Richieu, the son that did not make it out of the Holocaust alive. The reader gets the sense that Artie has been comparing himself with Richieu his entire life, even though they have never met. Artie feels that he will never live up to his parent’s expectations of Richieu, because he was never in the War.
In a world that God has abandoned, where the sun no longer shines through the ashes, the hope that the father and his son will survive ultimately gives the reader something to look forward to. Cormac McCarthy successfully writes one of the most classic stories of survival while using such grotesque details of a post-apocalyptic world. Throughout the story, both of the protagonists, a father and a son, remain unnamed as they continue their journey. The father “hadnt kept a calendar for years. They were moving south.
He also used adjectives like exacerbated, intransigent, dissonant anarchy, vindictive, bitter and incessant. Baldwin described his anger to his father as incongruous, sardonic, bitter, paranoia, fearful despair and appalling. Baldwin described anger as all consuming and dangerous to a heart because the ultimate loser is the hater. The(pg.59) relationship between black and white America and his own father is a story of loss, anarchy and hate. He regrets that he could not overcome the obstacles in his personal narratives.