All Quiet On The Western Front Essay

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Indian nationalist and iconic leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi advocated for peaceful resistance during the Indian fight for independence by saying, “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary, the evil it does is peramanent.” Interestingly enough, the evidence to support Gandhi’s veiwpoint is pervasive throughout unrelated World War I, which took place between 1914 and 1918. Uncharacteristically called the Great War, World War I was a bloody conflict that erupted out of growing tensions between a complicated string of alliances within Europe. The Allied Powers: France, Britain, Russia, and later Italy and the United States, forcefully responded to Austro-Hungarian and German military movement into Serbia driven by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip’s assassination of Austro-Hungarian archduke Franz Ferdinand, causing a war on a scale never before seen. The images soldiers were exposed to both scarred and inspired them to create powerful art, a prime example of which is Erich Maria Remarque’s epic war novel All Quiet on the Western Front, which focuses on fictional German soldier Paul Baumer’s emotional experience as a fighter. Soldiers and countries were driven into the war expecting quick resolution and glorious victory, however in actuality a generation of soldiers was emotionally estranged, the dark of economic depression fell upon much of the world, and feelings of resentment built up in Germany.
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