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

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In Erich Remarque’s tragic novel, All Quiet On The Western Front, he depicts the hardships war has on an individual, especially the younger generation. From these hardships, the audience understands why the individual is not able to find a way to reconnect with his past life. Paul’s war experience destroys his empathy, as well as his connection to others and the society that he once was a part of. The impact of the war stripped Paul of his humane connections between him and his society, and in the end a naive teen had to endure bloodshed. Paul and his comrades had no idea what the war would do to them and sadly learned that the war was more a misfortune than an honor. Paul and his friends were eaten out, mentally, by the war and remained casings of their old lives. Further exemplifying their inability to reconnect to their past lives and in turn the normal world. Remarque creates Paul Baumer to represent a generation of men who are know to the outside world as ‘the lost generation.” He has written a tale of inhumanity and unspeakable terror. Paul develops a difficulty understanding the outside world and the people that have never been in the war because he has witnessed the horror and brutality of the battlefield. He finds himself unable to understand why all his professors encouraged him to enlist, and on his leave he comes in contact with ‘civilian society’ further known as the outside world far away from the hectic chaos of the war. Paul realizes that, “formerly I lived
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