Review Of Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet On The Western Front

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Erich Maria Remarque wrote All Quiet on the Western Front to show people how World War I affected the young soldiers, like him, that fought in it. The author makes this very clear in the opening paragraph of the book before chapter one. Remarque starts off by saying “this book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure.” In this opening line, Remarque makes it clear that All Quiet on the Western Front is going a story that should be taken seriously by those who read it. Remarque does not want the people reading this book to treat it like an “adventure” because the war was not an adventure for those who fought and died in it. The author goes on and says “for death is not an adventure to those who stand face …show more content…
Historical fiction is a fictional story that takes place in a historical setting and uses elements of things that actually happened. For example, the shortage of food is a big thing that is brought up a lot in the book. In the book, Paul and his friends receive less and less food as the war goes on. This actually happened during the war because of the British blockade of Germany, which caused the Germans to ration food. By the end of the war there was not enough food for the German soldiers to eat. Another example from the book is the way it looks at those who had shell shock. In chapter six of the book, Paul mentions “by midday what I expected happens. One of the recruits has a fit. I have been watching him for a long time, grinding his teeth and opening and shutting his fists. These hunted, protruding eyes, we know them too well. During the last few hours he has had merely the appearance of calm. He had collapsed like a rotten tree” (Remarque 109). Shell shock was a common thing to see among many new recruits that came to the Western Front. The way the recruit is acting in front of Paul is an accurate representation of what soldiers with shell shock went