Essay All Quiet On The Western Front By Erich Maria Remarque

1284 Words Feb 12th, 2016 6 Pages
World War I, also known as the Great War, has transformed the lives of millions of people, leading to new innovations, and different forms of government. But along with new innovation, a lot of violence erupted, causing millions of lives to be lost. War is a transformative event for individuals because the deaths caused by war impacts people in a negative way, causing witnesses to have physical and/ or mental disorders, along with a feeling of helplessness and loss of faith in government. The novel All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque is an example of the impact war can have on soldiers. It is about Paul Baumer, a soldier in the war, and the reader follows him through his tragic endeavors fighting in the war on the side of Germany. The novel shows his experiences in detail, a lot of which are witnessing death and him struggling to deal with his harsh reality as a soldier. Looking at other documents from around the same time of the Great War, like propaganda, poems, and stories show the negative effects that the war had on everyday citizens. Soldiers who fought in the war had slowly become desensitized to their surroundings. This is a symptom of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) a mental illness that affects those who have witnessed a traumatic event. Soldiers, along with PTSD, can suffer from depression. For instance, 18.3 percent of soldiers that had returned from Afghanistan and Iraq experience PTSD and depression, so it isn’t hard to see that…

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