The novel All Quiet on the Western Front and the MO vie Joyous Noel present two different aspects of WWW; one that shows the ugly side of war a ND another that displays love and brotherhood. A big theme that is displayed throughout WWW is that war deemphasizes people e. The term euthanize is just what it sounds like: it causes people to act less like human s. Throughout All Quiet on the Western Front, the author, Erich Armature, makes reference to t he soldiers at war losing all sense of humanity. This is proven when the main character Paul, a in nineteen year old soldier, is sent to war and turns into a “human animal. All Quiet). Another ex ample of the demutualization of the soldiers is when Paul returns home on leave, and finds himself unable to connect with his family. Furthermore, Pall’s death in the final paragraph of the e book illustrates to the reader how inhumane war is, and how inhumane the soldiers at war have become. In Joyous Noel, although the soldiers were killing each other, they decided to have a CAE aspire so they can celebrate Christmas. The soldiers from all sides (German, British, French) join deed together on Monomania’s and celebrated Christmas together.
They traded items they got from home, showed pictures of their family, and talked about their family. Even after the t race, they allowed each side to bury the dead soldiers and they played a friendly game of soccer (or f;taboo). One thing that All Quiet and Joyous Noel have in common is their disrespect a ND disdain towards figures of authority. In All Quiet, there are two figures of authority: Aka network and Homeless. The soldiers do not respect them because they abuse their pop err over them. Keynoter was a teacher who filled his students’ heads with passionate rants a out duty and glory.
Homeless is their drill sergeant (he was a postman before the war), who ex presses his abuse of power emotionally. Paul mocks Keynoter for being a man who was “little” a ND had a face resembling a “shrew mouse” (All Q). When Homeless orders Taken to Stan d, Taken moons him in response. In Joyous Noel, the soldiers share the disrespect towards the IR authoritative figures. On the British side, a highly ranked soldier was brought through their trench. When he was yelling at one of the soldiers, on soldier shot a fire into the air to scare the higher ranked officer.
Also, when the truce had ended, when the high ranked officer ordered the men to shoot the man running across Monomania’s, they did not follow and shot fires into t he air. Another similarity is the brotherhood that the soldiers share with each other. In All Quiet, Kate and Paul show their bond when they cook the goose that they killed. “We sit opposite one another, Kate and l, two soldiers in shabby coats, cooking a goose in the middle e of the night. We don’t talk much, but believe we have a more complete communion with one another than even over have” (All Q).
And in Joyous Noel, when a French soldier died so he can r cave information for the French commander about his child. The biggest similarity for both All Q and Joyous Noel is the conditions of the trenches. Both were described as instant awry, horrifying, infested with rodents and cockroaches, and just plain unpleasant. In conclusion, All Quiet on the Western Front and Joyous Noel share many Simi lardiest, even though they represent two different aspects of war. They show that one of the biggest wars in the world can have a good and bad side.