Saving Private Ryan War Analysis

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Javier Pineda
English 102
Professor Connelly
17 April 2017
Essay 3
War stories and movies almost always have some type of bias. Bias are present in both Saving Private Ryan, and All Quiet on the Western Front. Saving Private Ryan has aspects of an anti and pro war movie, while All Quiet on the Western Front is a true anti-war book. Just like a lot of the movies out there, Saving Private Ryan has a few overdramatized parts. Of course, without some exaggerated parts war movies would not be as big a hit. It's the viewer's job to sift through the reality and the fantasy. Both Saving Private Ryan and All Quiet on the Western Front are based off real events, but the characters are fictitious. It is clear that Steven Spielberg's and Erich Remarque's work have components of bias and realism. War mentally taxes a soldier's body. Stephen Spielberg clearly portrayed that in Saving Private Ryan, and Remarque did in All Quiet on the Western Front. Remarque demonstrates
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This allows for a level of reality so that Remarque and Spielberg can create a creative piece. However, Saving Private Ryan represents the American bias, while All Quiet on the Western Front represents the German bias. So naturally, these pieces differ on what types of message they portray. Saving Private Ryan is more based on sacrifice, while All Quiet on the Western Front is based on comradeship and brotherhood. It was very interesting of Spielberg to kill everyone but a coward Upham, a deserter Reiben, and Private Ryan. It just goes to show that the good heroes don't always live, but the ones that everyone hates. Paul dies calmly at the end of All Quiet on the Western Front because all his comrades are dead and his true home is the army. Movies and books based off real events but fictional characters make a book feel interesting, but keep the realistic

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