World War Z

World War Z


Max Brooks

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Philip Adler’s general who ordered him to follow orders to abandon civilians, and threatened him and his men with treason when he refused to do so. General Lang ended up committing suicide after carrying out just the first step of the Redeker Plan since he was unable to bear the guilt of having so many deaths on his head.

General Lang Quotes in World War Z

The World War Z quotes below are all either spoken by General Lang or refer to General Lang. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Humanity vs. Monstrosity Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Three Rivers edition of World War Z published in 2006.
Chapter 4: Turning the Tide Quotes

Now, I am a good soldier, but I am also a West German. […] We were taught since birth to bear the burden of our grandfathers’ shame. We were taught that, even if we wore a uniform, that our first sworn duty was to our conscience, no matter what the consequences. That is how I was raised, that is how I responded. I told Lang that I could not, in good conscience, obey this order, that I could not leave these people without protection. At this, he exploded.

Related Characters: Philip Adler (speaker), General Lang
Related Symbols: Zombies
Page Number: 113
Explanation and Analysis:
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General Lang Character Timeline in World War Z

The timeline below shows where the character General Lang appears in World War Z. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4: Turning the Tide
Humanity vs. Monstrosity Theme Icon
The Cost of War Theme Icon
When Adler asked for confirmation again, he found himself speaking to General Lang , commander of the entire Northern Front. In a shaking voice, Lang told him that... (full context)
Humanity vs. Monstrosity Theme Icon
The Cost of War Theme Icon
...They threw furniture and lamps down on them. Adler fought tears and vowed to kill General Lang when they got out. However, Lang had committed suicide before Adler got to him. Adler... (full context)