Is the narrator a good friend to Friedrich?
Discuss referring to a number of incidents.
The narrator was a good friend to Friedrich because the narrator demonstrates qualities throughout the novel that a good friend needs to. The qualities or attributes of a good friend consist of being honest, sticking up for your friend and being trustworthy and the narrator has demonstrated these attributes on many occasions. The narrator’s friendship towards Friedrich is seen more clearly when contrasted with the friendship of Herr Schneider and the narrator’s father.
The young German by who narrates the novel “Friedrich” demonstrates early on in the novel that he is a honest friend but he is also a friend that will stick up for his mate. The young boy demonstrates this to the reader when on one occasion in the book, Friedrich and the narrator are playing catch and the narrator breaks a window. Even though a woman who was standing by watching everything, she still blamed this happening on Friedrich calling him “[a] good for nothing Jewboy… Hitler will show you”. This was an era where everyone went against the Jews simply just for being Jewish. As a result of this the narrator could have just blamed it all on Friedrich and everyone would have believed him. However the young German boy chose not to do this and instead quickly jumped to Friedrich’s side and said, “I threw the ball… I broke the window”. This demonstrates that not only was the narrator a friend who stuck up for his mate but the young German boy was, more importantly, an honest friend.
The persecution of the Jews was becoming more violent, more crude and more cruel and Friedrich needed a friend during this anti-Jew period and the narrator was there for Friedrich. One of the most important attributes to have to be a good friend is being trustworthy. The narrator demonstrates this after the pogrom had raided the Schneider’s apartment. Friedrich and his father started up a lamp repair...
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