Everyone generally knows what war is, right? Each person has their own unique perspective of war. How they see it may be completely distorted or it may be very accurate. Soldiers, pre WWI, had this mindset where they believed that was war glorious. They believed that one would go to war expecting to be treated well and come home as a hero of their country. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Being in the war on the front line meant certain death. The front is described by soldiers as “a cage in which [they] must await fearfully whatever may happen” (Remarque, 101). This theme of the war going from a dream to a real nightmare in the eyes of the soldiers is reoccurring throughout the novel, “All Quiet on the Western Front”. Remarque describes the pain that the soldiers go through along with their environmental condition and emotions. In the beginning of chapter four, the men of the Second Company are sent to barbwire the front line which is a deadly mission. Not only are the men sent out on suicide missions against the enemy, they also have to worry about treacherous weather, the shortage of food, and going through the deadliest of all the fighting land – no man’s land which lies between enemy trenches. Paul describes the front as “a mysterious whirlpool” (Remarque, 55). He explains that the middle of the whirlpool is the front and even when he is “in calm waters” that he can still feel the center of it pulling him in. A good example of how the war changed these men is in the beginning when Kemmerich is in St. Joseph’s with a leg wound. Once Kemmerich dies, Muller insists on having Kemmerich’s boots since they are of no use to him any longer. This suggests that the men are desperate enough to take from their dying friend in order to get better things, therefore gaining status among the community of soldiers. Another aspect to WWI that made it such a living hell for the soldiers was the new arsenal techniques that had never before been used. Trench warfare was no longer being used. The new forms of assault in this war included tanks, heavily loaded machine guns, accurate artillery bombing methods, airplanes, and last but not least; poisonous gas. These factors made war much more difficult for the soldiers to survive. To make this nightmare worse for Paul, he has to watch as his friends and those around him are blown to bits by the enemy. On their way back to the front line, the Second Company passes a schoolhouse that has been totally demolished by a bomb. Off to the side, the men spot at least a hundred coffins. Kat and Detering get into an argument about who they’re for. Detering says that the coffins are for the men of the Second Front when Tjaden chimes in and says “you’ll be thankful if you get so much as a coffin… They’ll slip you a waterproof sheet for your old Aunt Sally of a carcase” (Remarque, 99). This indirectly describes how awful and often the deaths of the soldiers were. The soldiers fighting in the
3rd Period - Alderson
February 2, 2015
The Realities of War
In the novel of WWI, All Quiet on the Western Front, the author, Erich Maria Remarque, teaches us many important lessons about the peculiar brutalities of WWI, but also about the nature of war in general. Paul Baumer, the narrator and main protagonist of the book, describes the life-threatening experiences and adverse conditions of soldiers stranded in wartime. Although Remarque defines Paul and his generation…
The Reality of War
L.O: To practise varying sentences
and to build sense descriptions
Which senses do these words belong to? Look
up those you do not know in a dictionary.
Vermillion = sight
Acrid = smell
Cacophonic = sound
Pungent = smell
Gargantuan = sight
Sour = smell
se this image to write 3 sentences using the
sense vocabulary builder
1. The overall impression of the photo shows a
murky feel to the field and the soldiers who
fought in it.
2. I think the image…
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Wilfred Owen, one of the leading poets of the First World War, was a young, English soldier, who battled for his country. The poems, Anthem for Doomed Youth and Dulce Et Decorum Est were written while Owen was sitting as an injured soldier in the hospital. The main theme of Dulce Et Decorum Est is the reality of war and the central theme of Anthem for Doomed Youth is the…
How Real is the Vietnam War?
In the book Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers, the story follows a bunch of young men who
fight in the Vietnam War. Although there are many themes in the book, one stands out: the horror of
war. The title of the book relates to this theme which tells us that the theme is valuable. The guys are
thrown into the reality of war in a heartbeat when the war started. By the end of the book, the boys
realize that the war is a bunch of chaos and frustration and not what they expected the war to be when…
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The first third of H.D.’s, Trilogy, is an extraordinary example for showing…
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4 November 2013
“How to tell a True War Story;” A Critique
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Tim O’Brien is explaining his experiences during the Vietnam War, in this story he is telling about the grim death of one of his fellow soldiers Lemon…
the poetry of war dispel the myths associated with the war propaganda of World War I?
Throughout the early 1900’s the war propaganda that was published to entice young men to enlist and join the war gave them false ideas about the front line. Young men and boys were told that war was one big adventure and encouraged to go to the great war and become a hero. Young men were fooled into believing that dying for your country was sweet and honourable however three men who fought in the war and experienced…
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