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It’s hard to make the horrors of war understandable to someone without them experiencing the war on their own first hand. Loyalty can be one of the very many horrors of war. Loyalty is a difficult but important quality to maintain throughout your life. There are many different types of literature that try to help you understand this, such as, historical fiction novel, post-modern poetry, and 20th century films. This idea can be seen most clearly in the historical fiction novel, The Book Thief, but is also seen in a poem called 1980 and a film called Swing Kids.

One of things that the texts showed us is that each of them morally shapes our sense of loyalty. In The Book Thief, Liesel is very loyal to Max. Liesel brings Max much comfort when he was staying with them. She would always talk to him and be with him so that he never felt alone. That is why Max wrote a book called the Standover Man (chapter 36). The Book Thief uses imagery when they are showing you Max’s book, the Standover Man. Also in Swing Kids, Peter has trouble figuring out who he should be loyal to, himself or his country. Peter at first was against the Nazi party because he was considered a “Swing kid” but was forced into it after stealing a radio. After realizing that joining the Nazi party was wrong, Peter wanted to be loyal to himself and went against the Nazis. Swing Kids especially uses imagery to show you how Peter is loyal to himself. Loyalty is a good attribute to have so that you can be trusted and you’re sticking up for what you believe in.

The texts each show us how gratitude has to do with being loyal. In the Book Thief, Erik Vanderburg saved Hans’ life and then later on died in the war. Hans wanted to be loyal to Erik so he took in his Jewish son to live with him and his family during the war. This specific example uses flashback because it talks about Hans’ experience in World War 1. Another example of gratitude is used in a post-modern poem called 1980. The poem explains...
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