All Quiet On The Western Front By Erich Maria Remarque Essay

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World War I was a terrible, brutal war and the effect it had on the soldiers was gruesome. All Quiet on the Western Front, a war novel by Erich Maria Remarque, set out to portray war as it was actually experienced. Paul Bäumer enlists, along with his classmates, in the German army of World War I. These young men became vigorous soldiers, however their world of duty, culture, and progress breaks into pieces under the first bombing within the trenches on the Western Front. Over the brutal years of war there was the camaraderie amongst the soldiers, despite having their youth taken away from them and their inhumanity to man.
Throughout all the horrifying pictures of death and inhumanity, Remarque did distribute one positive quality: comradeship. In chapter five, Paul and Kat had captured a goose and were roasting it late at night, Paul said, "We don 't talk much, but I believe we have a more complete communion with one another than even lovers have. We are two men, two minute sparks of life; outside is the night and the circle of death" (94). As he watched Kat roasting the goose and hears his voice, it brought Paul peace and reassurance. Over and over again, in the scenes of battle and scenes of rest, we saw the comradeship of this tiny group of men grow. In chapter nine, when Paul was alone in the trench, he lost his nerve and his direction and was afraid he would die. Instead, he heard the voices of his friends, "I belong to them and they to me; we all share the same…

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