The text “All Quiet On The Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque undoubtedly destroys the pre 1914 ‘Romanticized’ assumptions and perceptions of war where fighting was considered as Heroic and Noble. The composer effectively emphasizes, and reinforces the effects of the front on a typical soldier throughout the text who was ultimately encouraged to enlist without having any knowledge of the effects that the battlefield would have on him and his fellow peers. In Juxtaposition to this, “The Soldier” by Rupert Brooke is a poem which attempts to promote the romanticised view of war through positive connotations of the battlefield and by alluding to the Nobility and sacrifice of the duty, in order to convince more people to enlist in the war and …show more content…
Set during the midst of World War One, this text mocks and ridicules those at home who held the typical pre 1914 romanticized view of war where they believed fighting in the war was Noble and Heroic for individuals, in order to do this, those at home interpreted the life of a typical soldier who experienced feelings of disillusionment and the brutality of the battlefield. The reality of the war, in the text “All quiet on the western front” can be clearly exhibited when the main character Paul Baumer states “Our first experience of heavy artillery fire showed us our mistake, and the view of life that their teaching had given us fell to pieces under that bombardment”. The creative use of military jargon “artillery fire” and “bombardment” effectively portrays the power of war to not only destroy lives physically but psychologically as well for those who survive the attacks. Additionally, this first-hand experience of the front undoubtedly destroys the pre war assumptions made about fighting being “Noble” by emphasising the disillusionment of war from a soldier's perspective. Furthermore, the brutality of war can be explored when Paul states “But on the very last day, we were taken by surprise by long-range shelling from the …show more content…
Before, the mass destruction took place in world war one, many soldiers were taught to believe, like in the poem “The Soldier” that enlisting and fighting in the war for their country, was a noble and patriotic act. However, this “Romantic” perception of war was quickly turned into a sense of disillusionment and brutality as the soldiers were confronted with the difficult truths about the reality of the battlefield which are evident in the text “all quiet on the western front”. In “The Soldier” Brooke continuously implies that it is a noble act to fight for one’s country. This is supported by the line “a pulse in the eternal mind, no less”. The clear use of an illusion “eternal mind” suggests that soldiers who go and fight for their country are immortal in life as they go to heaven if they fall. This essentially encourages more readers to enlist because their decision will be considered noble as the poem manipulates them to believe they are going to heaven. Furthermore, this idealized perception of war where it is considered a noble act to enlist can be further explored when the poem claims “That there’s some corner of a foreign field that is forever England”. The clever use of alliteration
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The Harvard University professor and civil rights activist Dr. Cesar A. Cruz once said, “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” During World War One, many artists started to create works of art that portrayed the horrors of war. It brought the attention of those who lived in oblivion, and opened up the reality of war. Many of these artworks were also used to show the artist’s objection to war. Like in the historical fiction novel All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, the story is narrated by a eighteen year old German soldier fighting on the Western Front named Paul Baumer, and it illustrates the daily terrors soldiers faced while being neglected and mistreated by the power holding authorities.
Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields”, Ernst Junger’s Storm of Steel, and Lewis Milestone’s “All Quiet on the Western Front” present different accounts of World War I. McCrae displays the sorrow of losing comrades while exhorting the public to continue to fight in memory of those who died. Junger writes a gripping account of his experience as a fearless young man in the war. “All Quiet on the Western Front” combines both the sorrow of McCrae’s poem with Junger’s fearless attitude to deliver a war story reminiscent of the personalities of the soldiers. All three works manipulate the use of syntax to evoke a sense of remorse as their audiences recognize the reality of death that manifests in war. McCrae employs syntax to display remorse through his stylization and organization
All is Lost in War Before World War I, war was glorified and many a young boy hoped of becoming a soldier. After World War I, war had been given a new darkness of scarring memories from veterans of the debacle. All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Remarque, and In the Field, by Tim O’Brien, help shed the light on this shade that looms over war now. In All Quiet on the Western Front and In the Field, common themes of lost generation and horrors of war are present in a bold fashion.
Direct and impactful experiences are the only way to completely uncover the truth of situations. In Erich Maria Remarque’s novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, Paul Baumer, a young German schoolboy-turned-soldier, exposes the reality of fighting in World War I. Like many others, Paul’s teacher, Kantorek, lectured and coerced Paul and his friends into enlisting by fixating on the heroism of soldiers and the honor of serving one’s country. While on the frontlines, Paul experiences firsthand the damage and destruction of war that are ignored by . Those outside the war have difficulty focusing on anything other than the success of their nation in battle. This optimism, while uplifting, is ignorant.
The author wrote, “Terror can be endured so long as a man simply ducks;- but it kills, if a man thinks about it” (Remarque 138). The horrific time that the soldiers underwent resulted in their emotions being shut off and ignored for the sake of their mental and physical survival. As the soldiers flipped the switch that controlled their emotions, they separated war and peace, so much so that they could not comprehend their life without war. Paul’s friend Albert said, “There won’t be any peacetime” (Remarque 76), this mindset occurred because of the daunting and gruesome occurrences in war. Furthermore, Paul mentioned memories of his home life and said, “…they belong to another world that is gone from us” (Remarque 121), showing again how a soldiers live emotionally disconnected from their home life, leaving them unprepared for life after war.
“We loved our country as much as they; we went courageously into every action; but also we distinguished the false from true, we had suddenly learned to see. And we saw that there was nothing of their world left. We were all at once terribly alone; and alone we must see it through” (Remarque 6). Joining the war is perceived to be glory, and an honorable act, but is it like all it seems? All Quiet on the Western Front is a novel about World War I and its effects upon those who served in it through the perspective of a German soldier by the name of Paul Bäumer.
Over the course of WWI, worldwide, there were 41 million casualties; 18 million deaths and 32 million wounded. All Quiet On The Western Front portrays the lives soldiers lived on the bases and their experiences on the front lines. Many of the young men walked into war innocently, unknowing of the gruesome and savage experiences they would have to face and witness. Paul Baumer was one of those men excited to enlist until he found himself shattered in the heart wrenching situations of WWI. Approaching WWI, the men were highly encouraged to enlist; even though they were uneducated about how brutal war was, and although some men were not exactly cut out for it.
A story that tells only of death, sorrow, and the bitter truth about World War One, Erich Remarque’s book, All Quiet On The Western Front, is simply a story of a generation of men who were lost to war. Told through the eyes of a 19 year old boy named Paul Bäumer, as he shows what World War One was, in all of its horrific glory. This ‘glory’ so to speak was a gruesome, traumatizing experience for many of the soldiers that fought in World War One, this experience engraved in their memory, that would continue to haunt them for the rest of their lives. In the epigraph in All Quiet On The Western Front, it tells that “ even though [the soldiers] may have escaped shells, [they] were destroyed by the war”. It is evident to say that even though some soldiers escaped death from the war, they all will be scared from the experiences they had.
In our life, there is a moment when we lose our innocence. We stopped going out to play with our friends, we no longer believed in the Tooth Fairy and in Santa Claus. There are multifarious ways we lost our innocence, but the one experience that genuinely ruins your innocence is war. In the novel “ All Quiet on the Western Front”, by Erich Maria Remarque, is by a soldier’s point of view, Paul Baumer’s, talking about a group of teens who were recruited to fight in the World War I. The novel depicts how their innocent minds were turned around by all the experiences they were subjected to.
War is often romanticized as a necessary and heroic means of achieving justice and peace. However, Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front exposes the brutal reality of war and its devastating consequences. Through the experiences of the protagonist, Paul Baumer, Remarque vividly illustrates how war destroys individuals physically and mentally, leaving behind shattered souls and lost cultures. Firstly, war causes physical destruction that not only kills soldiers but also damages the environment and infrastructure. Baumer and his comrades witness the horrors of modern warfare, including the use of chemical weapons and the trenches' squalor and disease.
War habitually desensitizes and numbs the fighting soldiers due to the harsh, crippling events they have witnessed. War creates a feeling of endless hopelessness felt by the comrades during the war. In “All Quiet on the Western Front”, Erich Maria Remarque exposes the change of characterization of Paul Baumer from an innocent boy transformed by the monstrosities of war into a desensitized soldier by repeating the pattern of soldiers going to the front, being at the front, and then being away from the front to expose the personal destruction caused by it. On the way to the front, the comrades are experiencing rising anxiety and intimidating tension from the realization of the unavoidability death on the frontline.
Erich Maria Remarque, a World War I veteran, took his own personal war experience to paper, which resulted in one of the most critically acclaimed anti-war movement novels of all time, All Quiet on the Western Front. The voice of the novel, Paul Baumer, describes his daily life as a soldier during the First World War. Through the characters he creates in the novel, Remarque addresses his own issues with the war. Specifically, Remarque brings to light the idea of the “Iron Youth,” the living conditions in the trenches, and the sense of detachment soldiers feel, among other things. Therefore, All Quiet on the Western Front criticizes the sense of nationalism, which war tends to create among citizens by quickly diminishing any belief regarding it as a glorious and courageous act.
War is a harsh reality that is inflicted upon the unwilling through the “need” of it’s predecessors and those whom wish it. All Quiet on The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque is about 19 year old Paul and his friends in the “Second Company”. Even though they are just out of school age, they have already seen things that many could not bear to even think about. Eventually, all of his friends die, and even Paul too, dies. Remarque uses diction and syntax as literary devices to express his anti-war theme, or lesson.
Throughout the ages, wars have wreaked havoc and caused great destruction that lead to the loss of millions of lives. However, wars also have an immensely destructive effect on the individual soldier. In the novel All Quiet on the Western Front written by Erich Maria Remarque, one is able to see exactly to what extent soldiers suffered during World War 1 as well as the effect that war had on them. In this essay I will explain the effect that war has on young soldiers by referring to the loss of innocence of young soldiers, the disillusionment of the soldiers and the debasement of soldiers to animalistic men. Many soldiers entered World War 1 as innocent young boys, but as they experienced the full effect of the war they consequently lost their innocence.
Erich Maria Remarque was a man who had lived through the terrors of war, serving since he was eighteen. His first-hand experience shines through the text in his famous war novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, which tells the life of young Paul Bäumer as he serves during World War 1. The book was, and still is, praised to be universal. The blatant show of brutality, and the characters’ questioning of politics and their own self often reaches into the hearts of the readers, regardless of who or where they are. Brutality and images of war are abundant in this book, giving the story a feeling of reality.