Essay about All Quiet On The Western Front

1092 Words May 26th, 2016 5 Pages
In the early twentieth century, an infamous war broke out in Europe between Germany and Austria-Hungary. As a consequence, more countries became involved in the war, such as Russia, France, and Italy; and the war was deemed to be the First World War. The experience of the war was often romanticized with the ideals of patriotism and honor , however the novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, written by Erin Maria Remarque during a time of anti-war sentiment in Europe, shows an alternative perspective. In Remarque’s novel, a soldier named Paul Bäumer, who volunteered to join the army along with his classmates, shares his contrasting horrific experiences of war with the perceived illusion of greatness and honor that civilians had about the war. The novel was seen as an anti-war argument because of the physical and psychological consequences that were observed and experienced by Bäumer was the complete opposite of the glorified nationalism and honor that was relied to them by their teacher . The most prominent and compelling anti-war arguments in the book include the realization of soldiers having to disconnect from their emotions in order to survive, the brutality of war from the multiple casualties throughout the novel, and the advances in technology that were made with the intention of increasing bloodshed. As the duration of Paul Bäumer’s and his comrade’s experience in army escalates, they realized that in order to survive the anguish of war, they would have to emotional…

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