Storm of Steel vs All Quiet on the Westen Front Essay

1020 Words Apr 14th, 2013 5 Pages
The Different Memoirs of WWI

World War I was an extremely violent and traumatic time for soldiers on the fronts of the war, but even though it was a dramatic time for these men the memoirs from the war was varied on the western front within the German ranks. Two well known books written by the German men were Storm of Steel, written by Ernest Junger, and All Quiet on the Western Front, written by Erich Maria Remarsque which were written on the same frontier, yet were different on many basic levels. In Storm of Steel, Junger explains the war through his own personal journal that he had written while in the war and though very patriotic and nationalistic the events in the book were as they hapepned in history to the last detail that
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This type of narration allows for Remarsque to ensue sadness and depressing feelings to the audience. Junger on the other hand does not have the freedom to write exactly what he wants to his audience, so the story of his depiction of the war and the story that the audience reads is next to identical. Storm of Steel is an emotionless and brutal description of the war, almost completely opposite to the way Remarsque wrote All Quiet on the Western Front. The novel is written about a German soldier who is entrenched throughout the war and witnessed many battles and saw many casualties. Battles were described with gut wrenching simplicity and even though a casualty or being wounded happened on a regular basis there was no emotion in the novel. The only exception to this was when Junger’s brother was injured he had ordered his men to escort his brother to the safety of the hospital. This was the only sign of personal humanity that emanated from his writing other than the occasional conversations and occasions that required emotion to fully explain the plot to the audience. Since both books cover the very different views of the war, both of the authors interpret the cause of the war to be different as well. In Storm of Steel, the issue of the author was never truly expressed caused the war and basically he explains the war as just another part of his occupation to

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