The Role Of Alliances In The Novel All Quiet On The Western Front?

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Many countries entered the war since it was more beneficial for them to fight alongside their allies instead of single-handedly fighting enemy countries. Russia, being an ally of Serbia, and Germany, an ally of Austria-Hungary, are forced to join the war due to their alliances and treaties with the two countries. Their agreements allowed Serbia and Austria-Hungary to have more numbers, strength, and support to fight each other than without. As Germany advances to strike other countries, those nations are forced to join the Allies to defend themselves against the Germans. France allied with Russia, allowing them to create a two-front war that would not have been possible otherwise, weakening Germany. Britain united with the Allies as it gave …show more content…
Smaller countries such as Serbia would not have had a chance against their opponents without the assistance of stronger countries. These signed treaties were a major reason why many countries joined, since it was better for them to have help rather than being an individual force. Alliances gave each side the power they needed to battle each other, which is why the countries believed entering the war due to their treaties was a suitable rationale. Many individuals entered the war because they were convinced by the older generations that being a soldier would give them honor. In the novel All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Remarque, the young men of society were taught that war was a glorious and noble sacrifice, and that it was honorable to serve their country. Men were expected to fight, and shunned by society if they didn’t, being considered weak and a coward. Older generations led the men to join, not telling them the truth about war and the horrors that would occur. Remarque emphasizes the betrayal through his words, “For us lads of eighteen they ought to have been mediators and guides… but in our hearts we trusted them… While they continued to write and talk, we saw the wounded and …show more content…
Soldiers were forced to abandon their old lives and enter a world of explosions, destruction, and suffering. Being forced to face death every day as their comrades were injured or lost their lives led many soldiers to lose their humanity. All they could think about was staying alive, allowing their animal instincts to take over and emotions to fade away. The novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, describes this process, “The blast of the hand grenades…turns us into thugs, into murderers, into God only knows what Devils; this wave that multiplies our strength with fear and madness and the greed of life, seeking and fighting for nothing but our deliverance. If your own father came over with them you would not hesitate to fling a bomb at him” (Remarque 114). Soldiers faced attack from many different deadly weapons, such as hand grenades. They had to become thugs, murderers, and devils to survive the onslaught. Soldiers had to kill or be killed, making it necessary to ignore their emotions and conscious discouraging them from killing. The fact that the soldiers would have killed their own father if he was on the enemy side shows how dehumanized they became during the war. They would destroy a loved one without even considering their actions to stay alive. Their lack of emotions meant a lack of humanity, since

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