In both works, the soldiers set aside their morals to overcome the horrors of war such as killing a man. This challenges their emotional endurance and has negative consequences on their mental disposition. Paul Bäumer, the protagonist in All Quiet on the Western Front, is put in a situation where he must suspend his ethics otherwise his supposed enemy, Gérard Duval, will murder him. This is the first time Paul has killed with his own hands, and “every gasp [of the enemy] lays [Paul’s] heart bare” (Remarque 221). He feels instant regret for his actions, and he “would give much if [Duval] would but stay alive” (Remarque 221).
He saved him from a brutal, endless amount of suffering and pain. As I mentioned before this isn’t the first time this happened, so who’s to say that it won’t happen again? George must be tired of running and Lennie probably was too, but just not capable of expressing it. Another quote in the text “My Right To Death With Dignity At 29” states, “I quickly decided that death with dignity was the best option for me and my family.” She knew that her death with the pride she still had left was preferable to dying a little later while suffering.
The way Granny is used and abused throughout her long life has worn her down and brought her to a breaking point. As Granny takes her last breath she begs, "God, give a sign!" (294) and when she is given none she "...blows out the light" (294) ending her life, and thus giving up on God. Her final jilting coming from the same hand who gave her life, God himself. The irony being that God not giving her a sign, held a secret sign.
The citizens of the party then confronted the figure with rudeness and violence and yet the figure killed them too. This tells you that the “Red Death” actually represents Death himself and no matter how hard you try you can’t escape from
The world can get by just fine without them, without Clarisse, without anyone who decides to think differently. He wanted Beatty to feel the same thing Clarisse felt when she died. Just like Jan Zabinski did during World War II. Jan would poison the meat that was going to Nazi soldiers as a part of the rebellion to make them feel the same way the Nazi’s did. Montag wanted Beatty to feel remorse for Clarisse.
The poisonous gases would usually inflict serious injuries, and later death, upon soldiers, to which others, mercifully, would kill the injured soldier, to give them a painless death. Moreover, the depiction of machine guns and poisonous gases, alongside trench warfare, is used to imply that military advances and defences for these tactics were the reason why a stalemate occurred in World War
In the book All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque, the author utilizes juxtaposition and situational irony to demonstrate the negative impacts of war on a soldiers’ relationships, more specifically how being a young soldier isolates one from their family and pre-war life. Erich Remarque uses situational irony to indicate that the Great War influences the soldiers’ connections to their families, by secluding themselves from their parents and siblings. Near the end of Paul’s leave of absence, he felt isolated and full of regret, “I ought never to have come here. Out there I was indifferent and often hopeless-I will never be able to be so again.
Hiding away this experience has only hindered her life and caused her to loss her sense of identity. The narrator speaks to this saying, "Most of all I cried for those other girls who had vanished and never come back, including myself"(18). She is bringing attention to both the voices that screamed that night and those who were overcome with a deafening silence. This is the moment of clarity within the story that if you deny yourself the privilege of human consciousness that you are denying yourself the true experience of life. This one experience changed the lives of all those on the ship that night, but this moment of realization presents the author with hope for the
For example, “Enrique is bewildered. Who will take care of him now that his mother is gone?” (7). This quote shows us that with the use of 3rd person omniscient POV, Enrique is hurt and broken that his mother has left him. “She slides to the floor, to her knees and prays.
Maybe nothing is more incessant in the pages of history books than wars. Since the beginning of time, men have battled to hold their ground and vanquish more. However, the images of war are never as victorious that they are painted out to be. The truth of war is dull, devastate, and nerve racking, with conditions unfavorable to mind, body, and soul. The substances of war and the dread experienced are reported and told by writers all through time.
Even though a story is not an autobiographical work, a relationship can still exist between the author and the main character. This circumstance occurs in the anti-war novel All Quiet on the Western Front. This novel presents a relationship between the main character Paul Baumer and the author Erich Maria Remarque. If a reader knows Remarque’s life and background, the reader can determine the connection between his life and his work. All Quiet on the Western Front is a fictional story and contains fictional characters, but Remarque bases these characters on real people he actually knew and used Paul Baumer to represent himself (Roberts).
All Quiet on the Western Front written by Erich Maria Remarque is a story of a young man named Paul Bäumer who volunteers to be a soldier in the German army during World War One. Being at a very young age Bäumer, and three of his friends whom also enlisted to the German army from the same school he attended, felt proud when enlisting “we were a class of twenty young men, many of whom proudly shaved for the first time before going to the barracks” (AQOTWF p.21). Very soon, however, Bäumer and the young men he enlisted with begin to feel indifferent and embittered of being in the army “At first astonished, then embittered, and finally indifferent.” (AQOTWF p.21/22). Joining the army for Bäumer changed the way he felt about everything he knew in the past, and the way he thought of the people who stayed back home.