Comparison of They Shall Not Grow Old, All Quiet on the Western Front and Soldier’s Home

They Shall Not Grow Old, All Quiet on the Western Front and Soldier’s Home are three compelling narratives that all describe what it was like to be a serviceman during World War I. Each account was slightly different from the others, but they each carried one important message; war was either fun or dreadful. All three scripts conveyed this same message in different ways; the movie displayed it with examples of activities and clips, All Quiet on the Western Front explained how the friends Paul developed made the extra time enjoyable and Krebs from the short story suggested that his time at war was exciting. Each of these accounts were unique in their own way, aside from their mediums. They Shall Not Grow Old was more of a descriptive film than one that tells a story, All Quiet on the Western Front was more of a personal account of trench life and Soldier’s Home showed us emotions post-war. Overall, the knowledge gained from separate perspectives helped me obtain a well-developed understanding and empathy for these soldiers and their eventful lives.

Nyah Sharratt – 10/18

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