Dr. Remarque 's Anti War Essay
Remarque’s anti-war masterpiece tapped into the global sorrow following a conflict that led to more than 37 million casualties between 1914-18. His inspiration for the book stemmed from his own time in the war as a German soldier. All Quiet on the Western Front was his first novel and is famous for it’s heart touching story, immediate success, and immense controversy.
War suffocates Paul Baumer in All Quiet on the Western Front. He enters as a sensitive boy that writes poetry and leaves as a harsh man that has seen so much destruction that it no longer evokes any emotion. Throughout this book Paul chronicles his gruesome journey through war by focusing in on the adventures of him and six of his comrades. The book is a heart wrenching story, it enables one to grow fond of the characters and then forces the reader to mourn their horrible deaths. Paul’s true family is his comrades; with each family member he loses, Paul also loses a little bit of his humanity. War slowly consumes him as it does to so many soldiers. At the end of the book after Paul has lost all of his friends and humanity, all fighting has ceased, Paul is killed. Paul survived bullets, bombs, and gas but dies on a peaceful day; this symbolizes that war was so horrific Paul was at peace with death.
The overriding theme of All Quiet on the Western Front is the terrible brutality of war. Whereas war novels before All Quiet on the Western Front tended to romanticize what war was…