All Quiet On The Western Front Book Analysis

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Writers and producers made a lot of pieces talking about WWI during the 20st century but they often approached in many different ways the theme of disillusionment. The Grand Illusion by Jean Renoir and All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque each have their own way of talking about disillusionment. The novel is more realistic in describing the perspective of Paul, the protagonist, and what he felt when he discovered the truth about war whereas the movie gives a more allegorical point of view of the war with romantic scenes and no scenes in the “real” front. But an important fact to compare both the movie and the novel is that the authors both participated in WWI but not on the same side and they both got wounded a number of times. The two works talk about disillusionment in two different ways, from two different perspectives and yet they convey the same message about disillusionment; war is never as honorable as it is shown throughout the media. In the first chapters of All Quiet on the Western Front Paul and his friends are getting pressured at a young age by their schoolmaster Kantorek and he talks about patriotism and how…show more content…
The novel shows the disillusionment that the protagonist fills and the change of opinion between a patriotism soldier, like a robot and a realistic soldier, more like a human. On the other hand, the movie shows the disillusionment that the public could have and the disillusionment that the French soldiers have about their fate in the jail. This different types of views bring the reader to think that war is not about the first ideology that soldiers have in their head and that they are forced to agree with but it is about what they choose to think with their experience on the battlefield or with seeing the people on the other side which are willingly characterized as the enemy and the
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