Gandhi's Experience With World War I

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Gandhi once said, “ I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary, [but] the evil it does is permanent”. Gandhi associates evil with World War I which began on July 28, 1914 and ended on November 11, 1918. The two main sides of the war were the Allies and the Central Powers. The Allies were comprised of France, Russia, Great Britain, Italy, and the Central Powers included Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire. There were several motivations for the countries to get involved in the war which were to advertise the country 's military to the enemy, make new alliances with other countries, to show patriotism and finally help progress their country economically, socially, and politically. …show more content…
In the book, Paul loses his innocence which was his moral uprightness, during the war. Paul compares his life from before the war to his life during the war saying “We are not youth any longer. We don’t want to take the world by storm. We are fleeing. We fly from ourselves. From our life. We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces. The first bomb, the explosion, burst in our hearts. We are cut off from activity, from striving from progress. We believe in such things no longer, we believe in war” (Remarque 87, 88). This quote signifies the difference between Paul’s morals prior the war and during the war. As a child, Paul wanted to make a change in the country and loved his surroundings, his only intention being to love life. After Paul joined the war his intentions were shattered, and he no longer saw himself as a person who loved to live his life but as someone who was trying to win the war. The statement “striving from progress” emphasizes that his life was supposed to be a journey filled with fun joyous experiences in life while learning important things that were useful in the world. Another negative impact that war had on the soldiers was the development of PTSD, a disorder that is caused by stressful, frightening events. Paul experiences the symptoms of the PTSD during the war. In the book, when he is alone and …show more content…
The Great War punished soldiers by not allowing them enjoy their life. Soldiers were always worried about losing their lives and were constantly terrified about simple little things that made them remember horrifying moments from the past. As for the countries, Germany fell behind economically, paying the countries for war reparations. Moreover, World War I designed a pathway for World War II with the rise of Hitler in Germany, leading to damage in the future (Konwinski binder).True to Gandhi’s words said that “evil is permanent”, and the destructive impacts of World War I had permanent effects on the lives of soldiers and Germany’s

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