All Quite on the Western Front: A Casualty of Love War does not determine who is right, only who is left. In the novel, All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, Paul Bäumer contemplates over why men of million are sent to fight out a dispute that originated between just two. In the story, a young Paul Bäumer is sent to fight in World War I on the Western Front against Russia. During his service Paul and the friends he has in the Second Company are put through many rigors and experience the onslaught and primitiveness of trench warfare and life along the front. All Quite on the Western Front does a remarkable job describing the bravado and destruction of the German military force, the insanity of modern warfare, and the role of friendship in the life of a young soldier. At the start of the war and throughout the up until the end, Germany fought with great force. Remarque offers a more descriptive view of what historians might say regarding Germany’s part in the war. It is mentioned in the book Paul’s ruthlessness, many a times Paul refers to him and the soldiers being trained to become wild animals. Initially one America Moreover is what the modern warfare may do psychologically. In “real life” many veterans of WWI may have come home with post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s insane to think someone can be stuck in that combat mindset, always afraid someone could be trying to kill them. At one point in the novel on page 134, Paul recalls the severe injuries seen during a bombardment such as men with no feet, or intestines spilling over their clasped hands. These horrendous sights can take a strong toll on one’s mental health. Another example showing the insanity of this modern warfare is when injured soldiers are taken to the dressing stations. At the slightest cut or gash, the doctor would amputate the affected body part. It takes too much time to do otherwise, and even after becoming an amputee, the soldier may have to return to the front line soon after. With this kind of hectic thing, you’d be lucky to have someone there comforting you. In which case, the role of friendship may have been highly valued. Paul Bäumer enlists in the
Remarque, Erich Maria. All quiet on the western front.
United States: Ballentine books, 1982.
An insider’s perspective on the brutality of World War 1.
When Erich Maria Remarque wrote All Quiet On The Western Front, he created a story unlike any that had been seen before. Novels based on warfare tend to be romanticized; this is partly due to the fact that history tends to be written by the victors. While writing All Quiet On The Western Front, Remarque was able to tell the story…
All Quiet on the Western Front
War, war never changes. Since the dawn of human kind, when our ancestors first discovered the killing power of a rock and bone, blood has been shed. Spilled in the name of God, the belief of justice, and in simple rage. One wrong move, and an all out war begins, with both sides believing they are doing the world a favor. As both sides quarrel, the lives of countless men are lost for their views. As the war goes on, the reasons become clouded, and the importance…
German soldier’s experience in World War I. Although written and marketed as fiction, the novella relies heavily on the wartime experience of the author, Erich Maria Remarque. Remarque, a German veteran of World War I, wrote the novella to show how war can suppress the ability of an individual to cope with the drama and stress of battle. Remarque completed the novella in 1927, nearly ten years after he joined the German army at the tender age of 18. While in the army, Remarque was badly wounded by shrapnel…
I Was There
Has it ever occurred to you that a text has been heavily influenced by an authors past? Many authors use their own personal experiences to put together a text. This is why I have chosen to explore five different texts and how their time period/location influenced their writing, how characters have been influenced by real people and how texts have been related to important events in their lives.
The authors and novels I have chosen to explore are; To kill a mocking bird by Harper Lee…
August 13th 2014
ACCP U.S. History
ACCP Book Review
The Guns of August and All Quiet on the Western Front, are two very well written novels
about World War I. The authors, Erich Maria Remarque and Barbara W. Tuchman, are
considered to be two of the most influential authors to write about the first world war. In these
two novels there are very detailed descriptions of all of the hardships and complications of the
war. The rich detail that the authors put into describing the soldiers emotions and actions is…
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The Horror of War
All is Quiet on the Western Front is considered to be arguably the greatest anti-war novel of all time due to its overriding theme of the terrible brutality and horror of war. While most novels romanticize the glory and honor that war evokes, Erich Maria Remarque portrays the events as they are actually experienced by military soldiers during World War I. In contrast to common ideals of patriotic duty and heroism, he instead describes…