All Quiet On The Western Front Movie Analysis

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The motive of many movies and poems is to entertain and educate. Over the years of endless English classes, we learn that entertainment is not always funny and education is not always facts and dates. By watching movies, the watcher gets to have a better understanding of how a situation actually went, rather than reading bullet points of facts on a PowerPoint slide. Poems give the reader visuals by having comparisons and detailed adjectives. A main event that is frequently brought up and taught in History classes is World War I. You know all of the facts about how many people died and where it happened, but you do not get a true understanding of it until you watch the film from 1930, All Quiet on the Western Front. The poems “Break of Day in …show more content…
In the movie All Quiet on the Western Front, the main character, Paul, visits home after he gets injured. As he walks in his room, he looks on the wall at his butterfly collection in admiration. This plays a big part in the very end of the film. As Paul is in combat, he is hiding in the trenches with his gun ready to fire. He glances to the side and sees a beautiful butterfly. All of his focus completely goes on the insect and he is intrigued. He stands up over the trenches and reaches out toward the butterfly. The enemy spots him and creeps up beside him. Paul is still slowly reaching out toward the butterfly when he is shot to his death. This shows that the soldiers look for anything remotely beautiful to admire even if it means risking their life. In the poem “Break of Day in the Trenches” by Isaac Rosenberg, he writes, “As I pull the parapet’s poppy / To stick behind my ear” (lines 5-6). Rosenberg writes this because the poppy is a symbol for WWI. When a soldier sees a poppy in a field of bomb shells and large holes, it gives them hope for a bring side. Rosenberg elaborates on this more by saying, “Poppies whose roots are in man’s veins / Drop, and are ever dropping; / But mine in my ear is safe” (lines 23-25). This is relating to all of the men that have gotten shot or bombed on the battle field and lay there dead. However, the persona gives himself hope by wearing his behind his

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