War In Erich Remarque's All Quiet On The Western Front

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There are many television shows that show war and combat. Many people watch these shows without any thought about it. However, war is not how the media depicts it. In Erich Remarque’s novel, All Quiet On the Western Front, main character Paul Baumer describes war as a place where “if your own father came over with [the enemy] you would not hesitate to fling a bomb at him”(Remarque 114). While in war, soldiers begin to believe in killing more than they believe in family. War is a place of anarchy. In his poem, “The Second Coming”, William Butler Yeats describes Armageddon as a time when “ [m]ere anarchy is loosed upon the world”(4). Armageddon and war are one and the same. The two works are related to each other because they are both during …show more content…
They may also believe in a religious figure that will be there to help them. When Paul is still a student, his teacher, Kantorek, tells him that if he is not to join the army and fight in the war, he will be deemed a coward. This makes Paul angry, as he sees how hypocritical Kantorek is. Paul says “[w]hile [Kantorek] taught that duty to one’s country is the greatest thing, [the soldiers] already knew that death-throes are stronger”(Remarque 13). Kantorek is so morally wrong for trying to use guilt to trick his pupils into joining the war. Not only can a mentor give a false depiction of what happens in war, religious figures can as well. Yates’ poem says “Surely the Second Coming is at hand./ The Second Coming!”(10-11). The first time the narrator says this, he says it with a sense of hope. During this time of Armageddon, he hopes for his religious figure to help him. He then realizes that this sounds absurd. The second time he says it, the narrator put an exclamation point, which shows that the narrator has realized that even a religious figure cannot help one in such a terrible time of bloodshed and

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