Impacts Of All Quiet On The Western Front

“When you fire that first shot, no matter how right you feel, you have no idea who 's going to die. You don 't know who is going to scream and burn.”- The Doctor. Each war has its consequences, as well as its positive outcomes. World War I had one of the largest impacts on individuals, society and the world. Movements of Militarism, Imperialism, Nationalism, and Alliances in European nations created growing tensions which led to the start of World War I, which began in 1914 and ended 1918. There were two alliances that created this grueling conflict, The Allied Powers, consisting of: Great Britain, France, Russia, Serbia, Italy, and the United States, and the Central Powers; consisting of: Germany, The Ottoman Empire, and Austria Hungary. The …show more content…
In All Quiet on the Western Front, during a battle in the trenches, Paul kills a French soldier acting purely on instinct. Because he cannot leave the trenches due to enemy gunfire, he talks to the corpse to maintain his sanity. He tells the dead French soldier “ Forgive me comrade, why do they never tell us you are poor devils like us…”(Document B). Paul has been conditioned to believe that anyone not on his side is an enemy and should be treated so. The German society has taught him that the French and the British are monsters he must slay and not individual humans like him. Upon realizing this Paul compares himself to the French soldier, dubbing both of them as “poor devils” seeing the French for what they are; poor men forced to join the war like him and his friends. Paul’s society was shaped to brew hate and animosity and has become focused on promoting those ideas for the war. Creating hate or an enemy of society was also used by Adolf Hitler, a German dictator during WW2, to take power. Through an excerpt of the Mein Kampf, a self written novel, about his “struggles”, Hitler blames the Jews for Germany’s problems . He claims, “The Jews will one day devour the other nations and become lords of the Earth” (Hitler). Like Paul’s society, Hitler uses fear to intimidate people into joining his cause. Throughout World War I, all countries used propaganda for, recruitment or financial support for the war. Often these propagandas used demonization, to show their enemies as evil monsters. An American propaganda poster, titled “Tell that to the Marines” shows a young American man getting taking of his jacket in preparation for a fight while standing over a newspaper that reads “Huns kill women and children” (DocumentA). At this time in the war, the Germans had declared a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare and sank the Lusitania, a British

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