Essay about All Quiet On The Western Front

1250 Words Nov 24th, 2015 5 Pages
All Quiet on the Western Front, written by Erich Remarque, and A Long Way Gone, written by Ishmael Beah, are both stories telling one of many otherwise overlooked tragedies of war. Those who are not forced to fight never see the true horror of the war. Many think of war as something heroic and honorable, and focus on the idea that it is bringing justice and fighting for one’s country. They only see the patriotism fighting. However, people lack the understanding of the horrors that war brings. In All Quiet on the Western Front, even the German head-master has no idea. He states that “You do at least get decent food out there, so I hear. You look well, Paul, and fit. Naturally it’s worse here. Naturally. The best for our soldiers every time, that goes without saying” (Remarque 166). Not only this, but even Paul’s father sees Paul as a patriotic hero rather than a young adult who has just suffered the consequences of war. Shortly after Paul changes into civilian clothes, he states “My father would rather I kept my uniform on so that he could take me to visit his acquaintances” (164). A Long Way Gone also shows this. Ishmael speaks to one of his friends in school after he has escaped Sierra Leone. During this time, he summarizes a conversation he had with his classmates. “My high school friends have begun to suspect that I haven’t told them the full story of my life.
‘Why did you leave Sierra Leone?’
‘Because there was a war.’
‘Did you witness some of the fighting?’

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