All Is Quiet On The Western Front By Erich Maria Remarque Essay

943 Words Oct 17th, 2016 4 Pages
Human beings crave happiness. When an individual is given two chooses they will normally do a cross benefit analysis to try to max out their needs with what they desire. People are always striving to be happy, which makes it a popular topic from author to write about. All is Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, and Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud both discuss this matter. If an individual were to read these two books they would find some parallel concepts of happiness in the text. If read together a person can see how reading one work can shed light on the other. Happiness is a topic that will always be written about which allows for Remarque and Freud works to be examined separately and together.
In All is Quiet on the Western Front the idea of happiness and what causes it is brought up several times. The notion is almost instantly brought up in the first chapter when the main character Paul Bäumer recalls an old classmate Joseph Behm. Joseph never wanted to enlist in the military. He was happy to just live out his days on his farm for the rest of his life. However, from the presser of those around him Joseph Behm enlisted with his fellow classmates (Remarque, 10-13). Not everyone is the book is happy and just because they are happy in some parts does not allows mean they are happy. The main character is another example of this. The book depicts Paul as being sad when his friend Franz Kemmerich dies, but then several chapters later he is…

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