A Soldier By Erich Maria Remarque Essay

1335 Words Mar 9th, 2015 6 Pages
Gandhi once said, “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent”. Gandhi suggests that trying to achieve something through means of violence will always cause permanent damage that belittles the positive effects. In history and in All Quiet on the Western Front, a novel following the life of a soldier by Erich Maria Remarque, the leaders and soldiers during World War One did not consider Gandhi’s warnings; they fought for the temporary good they believed in while oblivious to the evil they were causing. Even though the Countries during WWI thought that promoting nationalism and supporting their allies in the war is beneficial, the war’s terrible effects on soldiers’ mental health and the impoverishment of entire countries and made the benefits insignificant.
Throughout WWI, countries joined the war because of their alliances and created a sense of nationalism that motivated soldiers to join the war. Some suggested that the spark of WWI occurred when Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian in a terrorist group known as the Black Hand, assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and the Archduke’s wife (Beck 283). When Serbia denied Austria-Hungary’s request to conduct an investigation on Serbian land, AH declared war on Serbia. Russia then declared war on AH to protect the people of Serbia. As a consequence of the Triple Entente and the Triple Alliance, treaties that required countries to assist each other…

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