Analysis Of Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet On The Western Front

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Erich Maria Remarque is the German Novelist responsible for writing All Quiet on the Western Front, which is regarded as one of the most important historical documents from that time period. This piece of history proves to be greatly significant because it gives a great perspective of World War I from a trench soldier’s point of view and illustrates the detrimental implications of war not only on society but on the individual as well.
Remarque was born on June 22nd, 1898 in Osnabruck, Germany. He was conscripted at eighteen years old and served in the German military from June 12th, 1917 to July 31st, 1917 . Although Remarque is technically a veteran of World War I, it’s thought a lot of his information is primarily collected second hand since he was only on the front line for about a month due to various injuries. However it’s still considered a primary document none the less. Remarque’s work is critiqued by historians for that very reason, often comparing Remarque’s work to Robert Graves, Goodbye to All That, since Graves was known for serving the entire length of the war, compared to Remarque’s humble one month.
All Quiet on the Western Front was first published in installments in a German magazine, the first one going out on November 10th 1928 . The next year, it was bound and published in novel format, …show more content…

Survival is a reoccurring theme that comes into play. Everyone thought the war would be short lived and the troops would be home by Christmas, however it dragged on longer than anyone expected. Naturally, this lead to supplies and soldiers being excessively depleted and in high demand. Strong nationalism and patriotic duty brought soldiers to war but that flame quickly flickered out. The horrors of war left soldiers with countless ailments such as shell shock, and post war trauma that haunted soldiers for long after the war making it difficult for them to readjust back to civilian

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