I Am A Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story Ch. 1-4 Response
I Am A Soldier, Too is similar to All Quiet On The Western Front in many ways from the way Jessica did not want to be left behind by her fellow soldiers to how the convoy dwindled in number from day to day. In All Quiet On The Western Front, the soldiers considered each other to be family and did not want to leave anyone behind or be left behind by their comrades. All the same in, I Am A Soldier, Too, Jessica Lynch states that she was most afraid of being left behind by the other soldiers in her company. Another way the two stories are similar is the way they start off. In All Quiet On The Western Front, almost half of Paul’s company is lost to the front in the beginning. When I Am A Soldier, Too starts out, Jessica’s convoy is losing people left and right. The author states that the trucks had been breaking down and falling behind. In just two days, the convoy had gone from thirty-three vehicles to just eighteen. The vehicles that were left behind had lost radio contact with the rest of the convoy, including Jessica’s, which is when she started to worry about being left behind permanently. One more way that the two novels are similar is that the earth seems to provide comfort for the characters. In All Quiet On The Western Front, the Earth was a symbol for protection and comfort. In I Am A Soldier, Too, Jessica feels soothed by the sight of trees because she had grown up in the woods. She did not like the sand because it was so loose compared to the solid forest floor she had grown up with.