Essay on All Quiet On The Western Front

1359 Words Oct 18th, 2015 6 Pages
Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front is a chilling story about the drastic hardships and brutality of war. The novel follows the narration of a young solider, Paul Bäumer, through his experiences as a German soldier throughout the First World War. Paul is introduced along with his fellow soldiers. The reader is soon introduced to Paul’s first personal loss of Kemmerich. Following the first bombardment, the young soldiers realize the true nature of war and the atrocity that it is. Eventually, Paul takes a seventeen-day leave, but is unable to thoroughly enjoy it due to the trauma of war. Succeeding his leave, he is sent to observe Russian prisoners where he takes pity on them and realizes that they are much like him. After the loss of many of his friends and fellow soldiers, Paul is left with only six others from his class. At the end of the narration, on what was described as a calm and quiet day in October 1918, the reader learns that Paul dies. Among the themes All Quiet on the Western Front poses, the most prominent one is the outcome that the atrocities of war have on young soldiers. Paul, Müller, Leer, and Kropp are all nineteen years of age, and it is simple for a man so young to be impacted negatively. Throughout the novel, Paul changes as he is forced to suffer through hardships and grief. However, Paul attempts to hold on to his sense of identity and essentially his humanity, and these only project the effects of war stronger upon him. He first…

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