Essay on All Quiet On The Western Front

1105 Words Mar 4th, 2015 5 Pages
Contrary to the common belief towards war at the time, Gandhi once commented, “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary, the evil it does is permanent.” Gandhi alludes that violence is not the answer to conflicts. Though war may seem to be for a just cause in the short term, it only encourages violence in the future and eventually leads to permanent negative consequences. From 1914 to 1918, World War I demonstrated the unfortunate repercussions of warfare that began when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. This seemingly insignificant conflict soon spread rapidly and eventually Russia, France, Great Britain, and Germany were all drawn into the war, predominantly because of their involvement in treaties that obligated them to defend fellow nations. In Erich Maria Remarque’s novel All Quiet on the Western Front, World War I is recounted in the perspective of a nineteen-year-old boy, Paul Bäumer, who enlists in the army with his fellow classmates. There, these young soldiers realize that war is not as glorious and honorable as they were led to believe and discover its true nature.Gandhi’s argument towards violence is supported by All Quiet on the Western Front and World War I. Initially, soldiers and governments assumed that entering the war would increase their power, but the inevitable consequence proved to be the suppression of soldiers’ humanity, economic disparity, and the crushing of morality.
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