Violence In The Western Front By Erich Maria Remarque

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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…
The protagonist, Paul speaks about his experience of being part of the German army, and his reactions and feelings towards his friend 's death. While war appeared to be the only way to end the controversies between the countries, it resulted in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for the soldiers that served as well as the destruction of Germany’s economy, ultimately proving that war caused society to regress instead of advance.
The realities and the consequences of war for the soldiers were the loss of innocence and development of PTSD. 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
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After the war, all the countries signed the Treaty of Versailles, a peace treaty between the countries in war. When Treaty of Versailles was signed, Germany was asked to pay all the war reparations. The article 232 of the Treaty of Versailles says “Germany has to compensate for their damage to the people. By land, sea, air…” (Treaty of Versailles). Germany’s economy fell due to all the money Germany had to spend on repairs. It finally finished paying in the year 2010. Not only did Germany lose its money from World War I , but its citizens suffered starvation. Furthermore, there was inflation in the economy because Germany could not pay all money. As Germany continued to be in debt, Hitler, a German politician wanted to make Germany great again. In order to make Germany a proud country, Hitler stopped sending money to other countries and gave it to the people in Germany. This money gave Germans jobs and food which angered other countries which eventually contributed to World War II. Germany was behind all the other countries economically and politically because of the destruction it caused during the war. It did not recover for a long time because of the negative impacts that World War I brought upon itself (Konwinski

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