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

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Germany flourished on the nationalism in the early 1900’s of its people, ready to encounter an attack at any moment and any time. People forget the decision of war until they are in the flame of its fire. In the novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque explains his war experience in World War 1 through a character, Paul Bumer—a kind and sensitive man. While in school, he used to write poems. Paul’s teacher brainwashed him and other students. He convinced them, by the idea of glory, and dramatic rhetorical for war and fighting for the sake of their country. After that dialog, the students were encouraged to enlist themselves and go to war. In the book, a critical theme arises: nationalism and being used as young youth not realizing the consequences of entering a battlefield.
In between the lines of this novel, the author’s judgments and biases of nationalism are built in Paul’s meeting with Kantorek, the teacher whose passionate speeches encouraged Paul and the others to enroll in the army to battle and fight for their country. The teacher convinced the students with concepts of glory, patriotism and glory through poetic words that could persuade any loyal spirit. They did not realize the nationalism denies the slaughter of war. The effect of war not only affects the soldiers physically, but also mentally as well. The students repeat the same words that came out of Kantorek’s mouth. Paul and his classmates became blinded by the teacher’s speech and arose…

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