They Shall Not Grow Old, “All Quiet” and Soldier’s Home comparison:

Harold Krebs from Soldier’s some, Paul Baumer from All quiet on the western front, and the British soldiers from the film They shall not grow old had their differences, yet their experiences when they returned home were surprisingly similar.

All three pieces of literature may be different mediums and have other perspectives of the war, but all three pieces described what it was like for soldiers to go back home after serving at war. Both Krebs and the British soldiers in the movie found that no one wanted to talk about the war when they returned.

There was a part in the movie when a soldier described his experience of returning home and talking to the mother of one of his dead comrades to tell her about her son’s death. This scene is quite similar to a part of the novel All quiet on the western front where Baumer returns home on leave and visits Kemmerich’s mother. Although the two scenes are alike, they are both different because Kemmerich’s mother was more in shock and had a hard time believing that her son was dead, whereas the soldier in the movie found that his friend’s mother was angry.

In the movie it also talked about how when you’re at the front, you find yourself thinking about why you’re fighting and killing people, essentially why there’s a war. That was similar to a part in All Quiet when Paul was talking to his friends about that same topic. In both scenarios, they got to the same conclusion; you can’t justify why there’s a war. War is an opportunity for world “leaders” to fight for land and to gain power or simply to kill others to “solve” their problems as a way of fighting rather than talking.

With that said, we can find similarities and differences in all three pieces of literature, but they are all similar in terms of them being about WW1 and soldier’s experiences.

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