Paths of Glory and All quiet on the Western Front
After reading both “Paths of Glory” and “All quiet on the Western Front” I was able to see the different stories and or perspectives on the very first world war. I believe they are both similar and different in their own ways. I enjoyed both of these stories because as an American I do not always get to see the other countries side of the story. But in both Paths of Glory and All quiet on the Western Front, I am able to see the comparison from both the European countries plus the point of view from the soldier’s point of view.
Some differences between the both countries point of view consisted of the point of view being French and German; a soldier’s perspective and an officer’s perspective; and the outcome the occurred between each side. Paths of Glory (POG) displayed France’s View of the war while All quiet on the Western Front (AQWF) displays the views of Germans during the war. The story AQWF documents the story of soldiers (Paul Bäumer who is the protagonist and the narrator of this story. Stanislaus Katczinsky, Albert Kropp, Müller, and Tjaden). Those being the main characters in the story. I believe that AQWF relates more to the younger generation because of the point of view. The point of view is from a young man in school who is undecided almost who what to do with his life; which he later chooses war. I do believe this is in some ways the same struggle that our generation deals with as well. The internal struggle to do what is right and what you believe in.
As for POG this story targets the officers in the war as the main point of view on the war. POG also backs this up by displaying the corruption and the loyalty of the officers in the war. I believe that a prime example of this is displayed within the movie of POG when, , a drunken lieutenant named Roget leading a night-time scouting mission sends one of his two men ahead. Overcome by fear while waiting for the man’s return, Roget lobs a grenade and retreats. Corporal Paris, the other soldier on the mission, finds the body of the scout, who has been killed by the grenade, and confronts Roget. Roget denies any wrongdoing and falsifies his report to Colonel Dax. This example amplifies the start of a major cover up; which later on three men at random are tried for the death penalty. I believe this was a important part in both the film and story because we got to see the different ways in which soldiers help aid their feelings about the war. In POG we saw Roget become a heavy drinker and in doing so we could see this is how he is able to deal with the day to day war in the trenches. Also in POG the point of view is seen so that the French have the upper hand in the war while showing no signs of retreat, where as for AQWF we were shown how all the main characters tragically lost their lives due to the war, it also depicts Germany loosing the war along with death being everywhere.
As in AQWF we were able to see how Paul deal with his emotions by suppressing them to only himself. This can be also true about POG because the majority of the men in the bunkers were petrified. In the case of both of these stories both of them have a sort of a similar main character; because they both make a shocking discovery. A discovery in that both Paul and Dax realize that the enemies of the war they are fighting in are not their own countries; but the actual leaders of their own military. , a drunken lieutenant named Roget leading a night-time scouting mission sends one of his two men ahead. Overcome by fear while waiting for the man’s return, Roget lobs a grenade and retreats. Corporal Paris, the other soldier on the mission, finds the body of the scout, who has been killed by the grenade, and confronts Roget. Roget denies any wrongdoing and falsifies his report to Colonel Dax.