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ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
SUBJECTS — World/Germany; WW I;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Courage in War; Peacemakers;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness; Respect; Citizenship; Caring.
Age:12+; Not Rated; Drama; 1930; 103 minutes; B & W.
This acclaimed antiwar film from the First World War is told from the German perspective. It shows the effects of that war on the individual soldier, describing the horror of trench warfare and the drawbacks of unquestioning patriotism.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to All Quiet on the Western Front contains historical background and discussion questions which will enable teachers and parents to introduce new perspectives on the First World War and supplement history courses on that topic.
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4. When Paul returned home on leave, why did the school boys think him a coward?
5. Were Paul and his friends courageous? Was any one of them a coward?
6. Compare the courage of a soldier who risks his life with the approval and upon the demand of his society and the courage of a man like Ben du Toit in A Dry White Season who risks his life by turning against his community when he recognizes that it is committing evil, in this case Apartheid, who is virtually alone in his quest for justice, who is perceived by his community and his government as being a traitor, and who risks torture or death for his actions. Who has the greater courage?
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