Analysis Of 'All Quiet On The Western Front'

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Ernest Hemingway once said “Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.” He believes that war is a crime, no matter what the circumstances or the necessity of it. War will always have consequences that are long lasting. Hemingway’s perspective can be supported throughout World War 1. I agree with Hemingways quote and it can be supported though the causes and the experiences in World War 1, the Treaty of Versailles and the Lost Generation. World War 1 was said to be caused by a handful of ideas. Two of the main ideas are militarism and alliances. Militarism was the glorification of arms and people viewing it as a positive notion. Nations spent huge sums of money in building an army big enough to intimidate …show more content…
All Quiet on the Western Front demonstrates these repulsive experiences. “... How long has it been? Weeks- Months- Years? Only days. we see the time pass in the colourless faces of the dying, we cram food into us, we run, we shoot, we kill…” (All Quiet on the Western Front). The soldiers have gone through a bombardment. The things the soldiers experience during the war is not worth the “accomplishments” of war. The World War 1 experience supports Hemingways quote because the soldiers are forced to commit the number one crime and people view it as okay. The war achieves nothing but millions of deaths of soldiers and in some cases, civilians. “The war has ruined [the soldiers] for everything” (All Quiet On the Western Front p 87). The soldiers enter the war around 18 or 19 and they are forced to miss out on all the things in life a normal teenager goes through. They are stuck fighting a battle for someone who told them who their enemy is, even though they have never actually met them. They experience things they will never be able to unsee, they do things they would never have done if they were not in the war and it wrecks them emotionally, essentially ruining the rest of their lives. Ernest Hemingway would see this as a terrible concept. All Quiet on the Western Front compliments his quote perfectly, there is no necessity to war and it is never justified. The awful things the soldiers experience show that the war is not something needed to be glorified or celebrated, …show more content…
The Lost Generation is often depicted through art and literature. T.S. Elliot created a poem named “Hollow Men” and in the poem he explains soldiers as hollow men that are stuffed with hay as if they are a scarecrow, all alone and scary. The poem can be interpreted as the men being stripped of their humanity and stuffed with the desire of blood lust and killing, becoming violent souls, but they have only been stuffed with the violence and stripped of their actuals selves (T.S. Elliot). Hemingway would see the poem and know exactly what he was talking about. A soldier enters the war one person and if they return, they are a completely different person stripped of who they were and stuffed with the war. Otto Dix created a painting titled “Trenches”(Otto Dix). In the painting all you can see is miles and miles of empty, bloody,and dark trenches. The soldiers have either retreated or been killed so the trenches consist of nothing but death and despair of soldiers in the war. The trenches are covered in blood and the

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