Essay on All Quiet On The Western Front

2578 Words Nov 8th, 2016 11 Pages
All Quiet on the Western Front is written by Erich Maria Remarque about what a soldier truly went through in WWI. A general background of the war is that it was between allied powers of UK, France, Belgium, Serbia and Russia against central powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary. This book shows the German side fighting on the western front against France’s front line because of the Schlieffen plan. I will be looking at how in this novel WWI was depicted as a gruesome war that in order to survive, a soldier cannot have any meaning to death, detach his feelings, and loss of hope and innocence are a consequence of the war. Paul and his friends have many feeling about the war that contradict with the popular view of nationalism and idealism versus the reality of it and how the war could have been prevented. If this book is left unread one will not get the true meaning and impact this war had on people especially from a German perspective. “This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war” (Remarque 0). This quotes is how the author chooses to start the book giving a preview of what to expect when reading. He says how this book is not like most war novels that romanticizes war and the concept of death is not just something to read but it is…

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