All Quiet On The Western Front By Erich Maria Ramarque And The 2000 Novel Flags Of Our Fathers By

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At first glance, the 1929 novel All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Ramarque and the 2000 novel Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley and Ron Powers may seem to have little in common other than the fact they are about war. The two books do contain accounts from soldiers in different wars, Remarque 's the events of World War I from the perspective of a German soldier and Bradley and Powers’ the lives of three U.S. soldiers fighting in World War II. However, a longer glance at the two books reveals that there are similarities between the two novels.
Both All Quiet on the Western Front and Flags of Our Fathers serve to point out how the people who stayed at home in their own country and chose not to engage in combat have a different view of the war than the soldiers who fought in it. Also, both books provide examples of the sense of brother hood that soldiers develop with each other while fighting.
First in All Quiet on the Western Front a gap is created by the elder generations who encouraged the young men of their country to enlist for war but were either unable or unwilling to fight themselves. “We had to recognize that our generation was more to be trusted than theirs. They surpassed us only in phrases and in cleverness. The first bombardment showed us our mistake, and under it the world as they had taught to us broke in pieces (Remarque, 12).” The German soldiers who participated in World War 1 were resistant products of culture. As a reader turns the…

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