Honors English 10
24 April 2017
Modernism in All Quiet on the Western Front
Some may view Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front as a materialistic story, promoting this mentality through Paul Baumer and his comrades’ attitudes that stay consistent throughout the entirety of the book. This can be supported by how Paul focuses on unimportant things whenever other soldiers die such as in the start of the book, accurately portraying what is described in Virginia Woolf’s “Modern Fiction”. The book eventually ends in this same materialistic mentality, mentioning Paul’s death with no real emphasis or importance. However, All Quiet on the Western Front is truly a story about how Paul starts the war confining …show more content…
In the beginning, all of the men including Paul were simply happy that they got double rations and ignored the fact that it was because 70 men had died. However, with Katczinsky’s death it is very different. Paul gets to take all of Kat’s possessions and even his paybook with all of the money Kat had earned, yet he does not care. Instead, he is in a clear state of shock and grief as he tries to comprehend that his closest friend had died. So, after Paul’s return to consciousness in the crater he has come to value important things such as human life more than unimportant things such as paybooks and rations, which is the exact opposite of Virginia Woolf’s definition of materialism, making All Quiet on the Western Front a Modernist …show more content…
This can be supported by how Paul behaves after his encounter with the Frenchman. Once he is able to leave the crater, his mindset leaves behind his previous Modernist realizations: “I think no more of the dead man, he is of no consequence to me now… ‘I will fulfil everything, fulfil everything I have promised you—” but already I know that I shall not do so” (Remarque 226). This quote shows that Paul is already returning back to his materialistic ignorance. However, that does not mean that he is completely abandoning it. Following his experience in the crater, Paul is able to return to a Modernist mentality much more frequently. However, in order to survive day to day in the trenches, he does admittedly have to follow a materialistic mentality. But, since the story follows a path of Paul learning to break free of a materialistic-focused mentality into a more conscious Modernist viewpoint, All Quiet on the Western Front is a Modernist
Review All Quiet on the Western Front is great piece of literature because it incorporates a lot of different aspects into the book. It has the action of war, the happiness of friendship, and the sorrowness of loss and given up hope. It varies from other books i have read about war and loss because it gives a perspective that I have never seen through before. The book is based on the lives of German soldiers in World War I, rather than the usual book through the eyes of an American soldier.
The book cover of, All Quiet on The Western Front, quotes to be ‘’the greatest war novel of all time’’. The author, Erich Remarque, experiencing war himself; uses the protagonist, Paul Baumer, to express his own background and horrors of World War One. With this, it alternates between his vividly dying memories of the times before the war and the nightmares of trench warfare; although a first person narrative. Erich served in combat during WW1 in Germany and was wounded five times. The last injury was very severe and kept him out of the war.
During All Quiet on the Western Front, Paul, a compassionate man, is forced to lose an aspect of his humanity, by hiding his emotions and disconnecting his emotions from his feelings. As a result, he becomes unable to feel at ease when he reunited with his family, and the idea of comfort becomes incomprehensible to him. When he visits his frail, sickly mother, she offers him whortleberries and potato cakes; however, Paul could not “feel at home amongst these things” (Remarque 160). Despite all of these comforts presented to Paul, he cannot shake the looming presence of the war, and all of the horrors that come with it. Once a caring man who loved his family
Erich Maria Remarque showed disillusionment in very many different ways in his book that he wrote ¨All Quiet On The Western Front. ¨ The theme of ¨All Quiet On The Western Front¨ is to never let your emotions get to you when you need to power through things and need to be strong at the moment. Paul never let his emotions get to him throughout the story. Besides at one point when he went home and saw his mother so sick she was stuck in bed, and she left all the good food that they had for when Paul came back even though Paul knew his mother and sister needed the food more than him.
All Quiet on the Western Front is a story, in which it allows people to know the true horrors of war. Throughout the story and in Erich Maria Remarque’s writing he uses many literary devices to emphasize what he experienced and the emotions he felt. The devices that he used are used in order to help the readers understand his experience and emphasize the theme of his war novel. Throughout this essay, I will show you a few of the literary devices used within the novel that emphasized the theme, the brutality of war. Within this essay you will learn about imagery, metaphors, and symbolism.
The book All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque gives us a good understanding of what war was like for the people fighting on the front. When reading this book people can get a front hand experience of what it is like being in battle. Remarque wrote this book so well that often times you picture yourself actually with Paul and all his friends. The one thing you specifically get to see is how humanity affects warfare. Humanity affects our decisions in warfare because humans are selfish, have fear, and seek revenge.
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.
Erich Maria Remarque’s title choice was perfect for this novel. Although it was not all quiet on the western front until the last page (p.296), the whole novel describes the path the war took to reach that point. Each event that occurred magnifies the struggle of valiant men in their attempt to achieve peace and brotherhood. The story line of the book began with tension, evolved to hatred and decimation, and resulted in peace and relief. When Paul Baümer lay dead, he appeared calm because peace had finally been achieved.
"Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy? If we threw away these rifles and uniforms you could be my brother just like Kat and Albert (Remarque 223)". Comradeship among soldiers is a major theme throughout the novel, "All Quiet on the Western Front" because the soldiers knew each other before the war, protected each other during combat, and can relate to one another without having to literally speak. This story 's theme shows comradeship because Paul and the other soldiers were in class together before joining the war. In the beginning of the novel Paul introduces his friends he went to school with before going to war with. "
War is a harsh reality that is inflicted upon the unwilling through the “need” of it’s predecessors and those whom wish it. All Quiet on The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque is about 19 year old Paul and his friends in the “Second Company”. Even though they are just out of school age, they have already seen things that many could not bear to even think about. Eventually, all of his friends die, and even Paul too, dies. Remarque uses diction and syntax as literary devices to express his anti-war theme, or lesson.
However, when they were sent out into the midst of the war many of them realised the misconceptions they had and were led to believe. They became disillusioned as they realized that the war was much more brutal and horrific than they had previously believed. In All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Remarque effectively comments on the horrors of war from Paul’s perspective, especially when Paul comments on injuries the soldiers endure and witness by stating “We see men go on living with the top of their skulls missing; we see soldiers go on running when both their feet have been shot away…Another man…with his guts spilling out over his hands as he holds them in.” (Remarque,
Comradeship “We are brothers and press on one another the choicest pieces.” (Remarque 96) All Quiet on The Western Front introduces the major themes of comradeship, because the soldiers depend on one another when in danger, they have love for one another, and they have the common goal to survive with one another.
Erich Maria Remarque was a man who had lived through the terrors of war, serving since he was eighteen. His first-hand experience shines through the text in his famous war novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, which tells the life of young Paul Bäumer as he serves during World War 1. The book was, and still is, praised to be universal. The blatant show of brutality, and the characters’ questioning of politics and their own self often reaches into the hearts of the readers, regardless of who or where they are. Brutality and images of war are abundant in this book, giving the story a feeling of reality.
In the year 1914, a war started that would turn innocent people against each other, and have aftermaths that include thousands of people dead due to new equipment like tanks, gas attacks, and hand-to-hand combat. In this war there was a soldier named Paul Bäumer who is a German nineteen year old who has made friends that will last a lifetime during this experience, but has also felt immense pain. His daily routine is to sleep, eat, and fight in the trenches, and he experiences death every day. Most soldiers view death as a recurring event, but Paul views it as wretchedness, which makes him different from others by caring about his comrades more than others. Paul shows many qualities through this experience of being a soldier in the First World War, and he learns what is necessary in life, which takes some people years to figure out.
Paul learns that war obtains the capability to demolish society. War destroys so many innocent people’s lives, whether it kills innocent human beings or shatters the innocence of those who fight in