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Why are Eren and Zeke so Different?
6th December 2022 • attack on opinion • Hopewell Valley Student Publications Network
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Episode 6: Why are Eren and Zeke so Different? 

You are listening to Attack On Opinion with your hosts Jenny and Amy.

In this episode of Attack on Opinion we discuss: Eren and Zeke’s relationship and why they are so different even though they are brothers. 

Segment 1: Context of the Anime

Attack on Titan is a Japanese manga series set in a world where humanity is forced to live in cities surrounded by three enormous walls that protect them from gigantic man-eating humanoids called Titans. The story follows Eren Yeager, who vows to exterminate the Titans after they bring about the destruction of his hometown and the death of his mother. 

  • Eren and Zeke are brothers
  • They grew up separately in different environments: Zeke was treated very badly, Eren received love
  • Zeke’s parents are Grisha Yeager and Dina Fritz, who is a royal
  • Eren’s parents are Grisha and Carla Yeager
  • They both have titan powers, Zeke is the beast titan and Eren is the founding and attack titan
  • Grisha injected Eren with titan serum
  • They have different plans for humanity: Eren wants to kill everyone except for the Eldians and Zeke wants to make it so the Eldians can’t reproduce so there will be no more titans
  • Zeke wanted Eren to follow his plan and Eren tricked him into thinking that he would but ends up betraying him

Segment 2: Audience Opinions

  • Eren did the right thing in betraying Zeke
  • “Sorry, brother. I was just playing along…so I could get here.”
  • Zeke just wanted to live the rest of his life in harmony, Eren’s betrayal wasn’t worth it
  • “Hey Eren… we're the only ones…who understand, right?”

Segment 3: Our opinions

  • We do not agree with Eren’s plan we think it is genocide 
  • Eren literally orchestrated Grisha’s trauma, which in turn, orchestrated Zeke’s trauma
  • Wants to kill everyone except his friends
  • Wants to have kids with Mikasa so doesn’t want to be sterilized
  • Eren is being petty; he wants the non eldians to die because some of them are racist to Eldians which is not cool but that doesn’t mean all of them should be killed 
  • Eren was a spoiled child while growing up
  • Zeke had no real love, he was used as a tool
  • Found out that Eren grew up loved but never held it against him, instead he wanted to have a good brotherly relationship with him
  • Eren took advantage of that to trick Zeke
  • Wants to eliminate titans for the good of humanity, even though it would cost him and other Eldians to be sterilized
  • Although both options are not ideal I think sterilizing the Eldians to eliminate the titans is a better option than killing everyone except for the Eldians

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