Essay on All Quiet On The Western Front

2004 Words Dec 5th, 2016 9 Pages
Erich Maria Remarque is perhaps one of the greatest German novelists in the early twentieth century. He was born on June 22, 1898, in Osnabruck, Germany. He received U.S. citizenship in 1947, but preferred to live in Europe until he died on September 25, 1970, in Locarno, Switzerland at the age of seventy-two. His famous novel All Quiet on the Western Front was first published in 1928 in the German newspaper Vossische Zeitung and published in a book form later in 1929. Because of the nature of the novel, “it was banned and burned in Nazi Germany for promoting anti-war sentiment” (Tighe 48). Remarque 's novel illustrates the psychological problems experienced by men in battle. Psychologists have rarely used novels as sources of data, yet the events in the novel provide rich insight into the trauma associated with World War I. Remarque uses his horrific experience as a soldier in World War I, as the basis for this novel. This paper discusses the poetic use of the language in describing war, nature, and friendship in the tragic story of a young German soldier in World War I.
The realism, grisly detail, and irony Remarque injects into his story of World War I in the trenches of the front lines from the German perspective shows his poetic writing style. The nineteenth-century society was not ready for Remarque’s new language of war. Until the publication of the novel, society held the illusion of war as both glorious and romantic. This traces back to the ancient Spartans carrying…

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