All Quiet On The Western Front Essay

1818 Words Jul 16th, 2016 8 Pages
Chapter 1 - Pick Up Lines and Open(ing) Seduction Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front begins the chapter with Paul Baumer and his classmates replenishing themselves with dietary needs. According to Foster’s How to Read Novels Like a Professor, “...first sentence...It establishes the main family of the novel…” (24). With that in mind, Remarque has already implied that the time frame should be around a place of war: “We are at rest five miles behind the front” (1). Remarque starts to embed the struggle between the boys and the the war place. Bases off of the first page, Remarque had implied the war corruption of society. Eventually, readers are able to conclude that it is World War I. Readers energetically grasp on Remarque’s style from the first page. Foster had mentioned how the first page is like looking at the front cover of a book. From many writers’ perspective, they tend to start the first page with information from the middle just like Remarque. The use of flashback introduces how Remarque establish the foundation of the novel. He starts off describing Paul and his friends near the front and then eventually giving us some background after. For this reason, Remarque didn’t want readers’ first glance about this novel as complex. Remarque’s style is short and simple, which aid readers. Remarque, remarkably, uses Hemingway 's concise style, but contradict Faulkner’s. Remarque wasted no time and begins his first sentence with the plot and helps…

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