I Am A Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story Ch. 5-9 Response
Just like in chapters 1-4, I found a lot of similarities to All Quiet on the Western Front in chapters 5-9. Just like Paul became best friends with his comrade Kat through war, Jessica had become best friends with Lori. Jessica mentions that if the two of them had not been roommates at Fort Bliss, they probably would not have been best friends. Similarly, Paul and Kat probably would not have been best friends if the military had not placed them in the same company. Just like Kat, Lori is more experienced because she is a former Marine. She went to the Army at twenty-two because of injuries. The beginning of chapter six reminds me of All Quiet on the Western Front when the soldiers are on the front and enveloped in gas. In I Am A Soldier, Too Jessica says that she and her fellow soldiers would be woken in the middle of the night by gas from their commanders. Although this incident is just for training, it is like the one in All Quiet on the Western Front because everyone is scrambling for their masks and protective clothing and screaming, “Gas, gas!”. However, there is one thing that I have found to be very different from All Quiet on the Western Front. The soldiers in I Am A Soldier, Too actually have former lives. Many of them, such as Lori, have families to go home to. In All Quiet on the Western Front, the soldiers had no chance to have a former life because they were preached to about war in high school. It is the difference in times that causes this variation. The soldiers from I Am A Soldier, Too did not have a patriotic teacher like Kemmerich who told them to be loyal to the country and serve in the military.