The Red Badge of Courage, written by Stephen Crane, is a story about a boy named Henry who enlists into the Union Army and goes through the change of becoming a man. The movie, All’s Quiet in the Western Front, shows the horrifying realities of war by telling the story of a kid named Paul who becomes a soldier fighting for the Germans in World War I. Both stories portray similar and different ideas of war and how it can completely change a person’s view on life.
In The Red Badge of Courage, the enemy soldiers don’t have any other role then to stand in a line and shoot until they die. When both sides finished fighting, they ate and talked with each other during the night, as if they are ...view middle of the document...
When they were staying in the trenches
they had very little to no food and small amounts of water, so most soldiers starved during their time in the war.
In the beginning of Red Badge of Courage, Henry gets excited to have the chance to enlist in the Army even though his mother thinks he should not. Once Henry gets accepted and gets into war, he gets nervous about it and decides that he should not be fighting, so he runs away from the war. Crane says, “He threw a pinecone at a jovial squirrel, and he ran with chattering fear…nature had given him a sign. The squirrel, immediately upon recognizing danger, had taken to his legs without ado. He did not stand stolidly baring his furry belly to the missile, and die with an upward glance at the sympathetic heavens. On the contrary, he had fled as fast as his legs could carry him.” When Henry walks through the woods after fleeing from war, he sees many signs and realizes he should go back. He ends up fighting and becoming a hero. Once he finishes the war he ends up changing himself into a man.
Paul enlists into the war and is enthusiastic as he begins his journey in All’s Quiet in the Western Front. As he gets through boot camp and starts to fight in war, he realizes it is harder and different from what he was told by his school teacher. He changes his mind about war completely. He goes back to his teacher and tells the class about how awful war is and how it completely changes your mindset. Paul got so mentally destroyed by war that he didn’t want to go home, and all...