Essay All Quiet On The Western Front

1479 Words Nov 22nd, 2015 6 Pages
Soldiers go through many horrifying events in war and are haunted with those memories the rest of their life! In Remarque’s All Quiet On The Western Front, a different perspective portrays what really happens in war, besides just going out and shooting your enemies. One may think a soldier just volunteers for war for the college money, but really the fighters are sacrificing their lives for us. Even if one survives the war, the soldier will never be able to live how their life was prior to the battle. At the beginning of the book, Paul and his friends volunteer for World War I; there is many bombardments and life changing events throughout the novel. One of the most impactful events in the book, is the epigraph at the beginning. “This book is said to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war” (Remarque, Epigraph). In the novel, Paul and his friends fight in the war, they slowly die off one by one; yet every time someone dies Paul is not getting physically wounded but he is dying on the inside. Death as a result of wars is simply the "tip of the iceberg" (MURTHY,“Mental Health Consequences of War: a Brief Review of Research Findings.”). There are numerous consequences caused by the war, in addition to death. The World Health Organization (The WHO)…

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