All Quiet On The Western Front Poem Analysis

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The poems and the excerpt from All Quiet on the Western Front reflect the horrible impact that the atrocious conditions of trench warfare had on the men who were fighting it. They all show that through the starvation, dysentery, fatigue, utilization of industrialized weaponry, and loss of life with no territorial gain, the people were finding it harder and harder to continue fighting, both mentally and physically. The leaders of armies at first used combatant war tactics, but this only resulted in millions of men wounded and hurt, because they were fighting a different kind of war. Trench warfare mainly resulted in little gain in territory with failed offenses quickly injuring and killing every nation’s supply of men and supplies. “As the …show more content…
“All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque, shows many harsh realities of trench warfare, summed up into “shells, gas clouds and flotillas of tanks-- shattering, starvation, death. Dysentery, influenza, typhus-- murder, burning, death. Trenches, hospitals, the common grave-- there are no other possibilities” (All Quiet on the Western Front). The low supply of men in trench warfare caused men who were seriously injured to be put on the front line. When people were shot, they amputated the infected limb, and changed “as many C3’s and B3’s as possible into A1’s” (All Quiet on the Western Front), which meant placing people into the highest category of physical fitness, which was qualified for front-line duty. Throughout the entire excerpt, the narrator mentions all the things that he has lost hope in, in terms of winning the war, continuing to live, and in humanity himself. When Bertinck dies, the narrator asks, “What use is it to him now that he was such a good mathematician at school” (All Quiet on the Western Front) which shows the effect that total war had on the minds of its …show more content…
Reread the section of All Quiet on the Western Front that begins with “It is autumn” and concludes with “...within me.” What, according to the narrator (the soldier Paul Baumer), does the future hold for the generation of young men who fought in the war? What consequences might the impact of the war on these young men hold for their

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