All Quiet On The Western Front: A Thematic Analysis

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From the beginning of empires to modern day, pride in one's country has been present. The term used to describe this pride shown is called nationalism. Nationalism is the reason for the book All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. This is because nationalism was so big in certain countries that it led to wars between them, simply because of pride. Another problem tied in with nationalism is the problem of peer pressure to fight in the war. Young men straight out of school felt pressured to fight for their country because of their elders and their peer. Nationalism spread down from generation to generation and the men who weren’t as nationalistic were pressured to fight in the war. All it takes is one person to have so much pride that keeps passing on to make a war arise. In the book All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, nationalism and peer pressure mix in and we see how this mixture can ruin the lives of many innocent young men. Nationalism is something that every country has. Of course, people are going to have pride in the country they …show more content…
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