All Quiet On The Western Front Essay

1014 Words Mar 5th, 2016 5 Pages
Gandhi once said, “ I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary, [but] the evil it does is permanent”. Gandhi associates evil with World War I which began on July 28, 1914 and ended on November 11, 1918. The two main sides of the war were the Allies and the Central Powers. The Allies were comprised of France, Russia, Great Britain, Italy, and the Central Powers included Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire. There were several motivations for the countries to get involved in the war which were to advertise the country 's military to the enemy, make new alliances with other countries, to show patriotism and finally help progress their country economically, socially, and politically. In the novel All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque, depicts 20 year-old soldiers who were destroyed physically and mentally when fighting in this war. The protagonist, Paul speaks about his experience of being part of the German army, and his reactions and feelings towards his friend 's death. While war appeared to be the only way to end the controversies between the countries, it resulted in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for the soldiers that served as well as the destruction of Germany’s economy, ultimately proving that war caused society to regress instead of advance.
The realities and the consequences of war for the soldiers were the loss of innocence and development of PTSD. In the book, Paul loses his…

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