Summary Of All Quiet On The Western Front

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TITLE World War I, was a global war that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918. More than 9 million soldiers died as a result of the war. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history. Soldiers were forced to fight in the trenches: a dirty and difficult place to be. They have to endure bombardment after bombardment, gas attacks, liquid fire and machine guns shooting at them. The only thing to distract them from this is dreaming, imagining and pretending that you are somewhere else. In All Quiet on the Western Front, soldiers who endure months of trench warfare. This violence shapes the soldiers' concept of life and of dreams. The soldiers dream in order to stay sane. In Grand Illusion the soldiers are imprisoned…show more content…
He realizes that there is no escape to the war. Detering However, did not lose his dreams: sees a cherry tree blossoming one day and is reminded of his cherry tree orchard at home. He deserts the army a few days later and is captured. This is similar to a scene in Grand Illusion where De Boeldieu escapes from Von Rauffenstein's fortress. De Boeldieu refuses, and von Rauffenstein reluctantly shoots at him with his pistol. However the difference is that they are not captured for long, and they have a narrow escape into Switzerland; which is Detering's mistake: he tries to go back home instead of going to Holland and is tried as a deserter. As it was in Grand Illusion, there is a physical escape, but not a mental one. War is something that changes you inside. Once a person goes to war, they see things that no one else has seen. They may not show it, but it changes who they are. The war becomes the soldiers' home, and when or if they do go home, they will never be the same. The only distraction is dreaming: dreaming of an escape, dreaming of a better place, but there is no escape in war. One The only thing to distract them from this is dreaming; dreaming of an escape, but there is
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