The terrible brutality of war emphasizes the vulnerability that all the soldiers experience during war. "to Paul, the battles on the front are mad, meaningless, and frightening...it is as if he has been plunged into a waking nightmare" (Firda). Remarque wanted to portray how the repercussion of war was on its way to causing total destruction of the soldier's sanity. To develop this theme further, the thoughts of the soldiers led to neglectful actions. Paul finds himself in a French territory, fear consumes him and his knife is his only source of comfort.
Throughout their lives, people must deal with the horrific and violent side of humanity. The side of humanity is shown through the act of war. War is by far the most horrible thing that the human race has to go through. The participants in the war suffer irreversible damage by the atrocities they witness and the things they go through. In the novel “All Quiet on the Western Front" is the description by Erich Maria Remarque of the graphic violence and gore and the psychological pain that the average soldier endured on the western front.
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque exemplifies the atrocities that occur during times of war. War is brutal, war is terrible, and war is inhumane. During World War I, war affected soldiers in ways like never before. The new trench warfare technique in addition to new war technology made the battlefield a literal living hell. In the novel All Quiet on the Western Front, the excerpt from In the Field by Tim O’Brien, and the poems “Battlefield” by August Stramm and “Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen, the theme of the horrors of war is used to display the awful things that happen in war.
Within this essay you will learn about imagery, metaphors, and symbolism. These are all devices that are vital in portraying the overall theme of the brutality of war, in All Quiet on the Western Front. One of the main literary devices used in All Quiet on the Western Front is imagery. An example of this is when Detering, Paul and, his friends become pale and sick at hearing
All Quiet on The Western Front, written by Erich Maria Remarque, is a novel composed after World War One to convey the experiences of German soldiers during this horrific time of fighting. He brought to light many important issues that occur during wars. In this book, three horrors of war that had the largest impact were the lack of sanitation in the trenches, the loss of comrades, and the shock that came from unexpected and ongoing shelling. The lack of sanitation in the trenches caused many diseases, infections, and terrible memories to me made. For instance, while in the trenches at the front ugly, fat, and hungry rats would attempt to eat the soldiers’ bread and cheese.
Many of his poems explore the ramifications of war, corrupt government and unrequited love, detailing the havoc they wreak on their most vulnerable victims. Auden describes a war-ridden world as one where “girls are raped, that two boys knife a third, were axioms to him, who’d never heard of a world where promises were kept, or one could weep because another wept” (Auden, W. H. “The Shield Of Achilles”). Having experienced World War I, World War II and the Spanish Revolution, Auden is no stranger to war (Yezzi). Pulling inspiration from his experiences during World War II, Auden writes the poem “Refugee Blues.” In this poem Auden depicts the public’s hatred toward Jews, describing a “poodle in a jacket” and “a door opened and a cat let in” (lines 22-23) followed by the realization that these animals were treated with this kindness because, unlike the refugees, “they weren’t German Jews” (line 24). Auden uses this example of animals being treated better than Jews to convey the idea that even seemingly compassionate people are easily influenced against their fellow man.
In the first stanza we can see that the figure is “Groping along the tunnel, step by step” and in the third stanza we get the line “alone he staggered on…” These phrases point out the physical and physiological detachment, well known effects of intendance combat. Lastly I will be analyzing the novel All Quiet on the Western Front to look for a dehumanizing theme in the novel. Throughout the novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, the young soldiers are affected by the war. Throughout the young soldiers time on the front, they are dehumanized and the also develop an animal instinct while they are completely abandoning their emotions and
The destruction of the psyche that leave soldiers almost incapacitated even if they are able to make it out of the war alive is one such uncomfortable truth that is rarely discussed. Almost in the book’s entirety, the reader peers into the mind of the quintessential soldier, Paul, who ultimately loses everything. Everything, in Paul’s case, is truly everything as the horrors he has witnessed drive him to oblivion. The reader can see this most notably in the instance where Paul, who has come back
This paragraph is obviously about the emasculation, but the loss of masculinity is also visible in the relationship between Billy Prior and Sarah Lumb. Prior wants to discuss his feelings about and his experiences of the war with Sarah, but this is frowned upon by society (Saxová, 2007). This contempt of emasculations is also made clear in Owen 's "Disabled". This poem discusses the faith of a teen soldier who has lost his limbs in the trenches and is confined to his wheelchair, utterly helpless. Relationships
Doodle I screamed above the pounding storm and threw my body to the earth above his.”(L 390-392) After leaving Doodle, he finally regains his conscience, and goes back for him, sadly, he realised his mistake too late. Although, the present older brother, clearly regrets his acts and now that he understands everything about life, he regrets not loving Doodle the way he should have. In the end, the love between the two brothers is complex and paradoxical, their relationship goes from hatred to love, unfortunately due to pride the relationship between them ended