All Quiet On The Western Front Essay

1029 Words Sep 8th, 2015 5 Pages
It is a truth universally acknowledged that human pride causes human pain. Whether this is the pain of soldiers in vain battle, the pain of individuals isolated by social statuses and social demands, or the pain of young boys in shallow, barren graves, pride causes it by blinding us to the humanity of others and convincing us to accept their pain and our own pain in the pursuit of avarice. The breadth of pride 's effect on humanity is apparent in its thematic presence throughout literature. In All Quiet On the Western Front, we see how pride shaped history in World War I. In All Quiet, war itself is strongly associated with pride: "It 's queer, when one thinks about it," goes on Kropp, "we are here to protect our fatherland. And the French are over there to protect their fatherland. Now who 's in the right?" (Remarque 203). This quote addresses the dilemma of who is truly right in battle; for all countries are fighting to be the most patriotic when it is boiled down. The pride of the rich is noted as well, "The wisest were just the poor and simple people. They knew the war to be a misfortune, whereas people who were better off were beside themselves with joy, though they should have been much better able to judge what the consequences would be." (Remarque 11). The pride of the wealthy and the powerful prevents them from seeing the soldiers they send onto the battlefield as young men and women at the start of their lives, but more as pawns in a game. At the same time,…

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