All Quiet on the Western Front is a novel about Paul, a young German man who fights for the army on the French front in World War I. Paul and his classmates joined the German army after listening to the patriotic speeches of their teacher. After experiencing brutal training at the hands of the cruel Corporal Himmelstoss and brutality of life on the French front, Paul and his comrades have realized that the ideals of patriotism for which they enlisted are clichés. As a result, Paul and his friends no longer believe that war is glorious and they live in constant fear of death. "The abyss" to which Bäumer fears his thoughts will lead is the end of the World War I which has destroyed the lives of his comrades and his life predicated on a misconstrue
The Brutal Reality vs the Virtue Gained The poem “Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen gives insight into how a soldier is beaten to the state of exhaustion in war which defeats the perception of how society has seen war as lighthearted for generations. The poem “Epitaph on a Soldier” by Cyril Tourneur depicts a soldier at a time of death, defeating the common thought of how death is seen as a negative thing and portrays the soldier as he is ready to die, welcoming his death. The critical and bitter tone in “Dulce Et Decorum Est” conveys the brutality of war to emphasize the disillusioned way society perceives war; whereas, the admiring and comforting tone in “Epitaph on a Soldier” conveys the contentment of an honorable death. The informal
Analysis of All Quiet on the Western Front Many war novels are written in an admirable way as if war as an act of valor and honor in which men sacrifice their lives for their country and for the greater good. All Quiet on the Western Front is a novel published in 1929 by Erich Remarque. This novel,contrasting many others, does not admire war, but speaks of itshorrors with unparalleled veracity. All Quiet on The Western Front is clearly an anti-war book as can be seen with Paul’s changing mindset preceding and during the war, descriptions of the cruelty of war, and Paul’s reaction to the death his friends. “Won’t you join up, Comrades?” (Remarque, 11) said Kantorek, who was Paul’s schoolmaster and had swayed Paul and his friends to go to the District Commandment and volunteer for the war.
Closer than Brothers As the Scottish actor Jack Lowden once said, “If you speak to any soldier, even now, they say they are fighting for their friends. It always ends up that they 're fighting for the man next to them.” Soldiers become extremely close to “the man next to them” during the destruction and harsh conditions of war, and this is prominently displayed all throughout Erich Maria Remarque’s novel All Quiet on the Western Front. Narrator and protagonist Paul Bäumer, along with his comrades, including Tjaden, Müller, Albert Kropp, Franz Kemmerich, Haie Westhus, and Detering, constantly support one another while out on the front, in the hospital, and throughout the war. Most of them went to the same school before enlisting, but their bonds grew and strengthened during the war, as conveyed by them often referring to each other as if they were brothers. The leader of their small group, Stanislaus “Kat” Katczinsky, acts as a mentor and father figure to them, but especially to Paul.
Have you ever heard of a war without having a tragedy, war without peace, or even a war without innocent people dying? Any war in the world has impacted the economy, people and other countries. The outcome of war and death that Author Kurt Vonnegut shares is a reality of war, intended to improve the lives of people, but always leading to the death of human life(Overview Slaughterhouse Five). Author Kurt Vonnegut endorses this view in his novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, he shows that war can never be justified as long as innocent life is lost. "The nicest veterans in Schenectady, I thought, the kindest and funniest ones, the ones who hated war the most, were the ones who'd really fought."(Vonnegut).
Rogers wish to join the army but could not because of his health. Next is the hero’s call to adventure. The hero is usually given a message by a messenger or an external event. For Steve Rogers, the war was his call to adventure. Once America joined World War 2 and started recruiting volunteers to help out in the army, Steve and his friend, Bucky, decided that they should join the army.
Emotional Effects of War War takes a major toll on the emotions of all exposed to the front lines in battle. Often, soldiers return from war with mental issues that are overlooked. Only those exposed to war in it's gruesome and raw form can truly relate to the way it changes a person forever. Harold Krebs is just the same. He returns and cannot discuss the war in the way he was exposed, instead he is expected to have heroic accounts of his time in battle.
Throughout war and particularly World War 1, soldiers may encounter atrocious, terrifying experiences that sometimes no one could even imagine possible. War’s brutality overall can be extremely damaging to those who have served, with the loss of comrades and scaring deaths, potentially causing psychological damage. In the novel, All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, the group of men fighting and struggling for their country together overtime develop a special, strong bond with each other. When going through similar types of experiences, they are easily able to understand one another and eventually love and trust with a extreme bond like no other. The main character Paul Baumer and comrade Katczinsky especially express a powerful brotherhood, shown in many occasions.
A heroic couplet structure within the poem provides a degree of clarity while still asserting the chaos and cruelness of war. Once again, it can be inferred that Owen himself serves as the speaker. However, this time his audience is more focused on young soldiers and families rather than plainly the public in general. In contrast to the previous work, this poem is set primarily in a World War I training camp, signifying the process young soldiers go through prior to deployment to the front line. The tone of this poem is more foreboding and condemnatory, not only describing the training soldiers but outright degrading their forced involvement as morally wrong.
Sassoon was able to fight in May 1915. He was depressed because of the war but that did not stop him from doing his duty, for that courage he was a well-known man. Because of the fact that he appeared to be completely fearless; his friends called him “Mad Jack”. In Sassoon’s poem he gives descriptions that show the state of the soldier. 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.
"When a man died, there had to be blame. Jimmy Cross understood this. You could blame the war… A moment of carelessness or bad judgment or plain stupidity carried consequences that lasted forever" (115). In both the novel and the video, it was shown that the soldiers would quickly take blame for the actions in battle. For example, in the Battle of Ong Thanh, a veteran shared that he had the opportunity to save someone, but didn’t take it due to fear.
He is excited to join and to serve his country, little did he know that war is an aberration. His whole world turns upside down; experiencing grief, and terror. This caused him to become very bewildered. "The wisest were just the poor and simple people. They knew the war to be a misfortune, whereas those who were better off, and should have been able to see more clearly what the consequences would be, were beside themselves with joy.
When I think of the word humanity the person that comes to my mind is Paul Baumer. A character in the book “All quiet on the Western Front.” A teenager aged 18-19 years old who was sent to war as such a young age who wasn 't mentally or physically prepared for war. Throughout the book I have consider Paul Baumer as a definition of humanity. He always put all his friends or his war family when he was alive from simply being compassionate and always putting himself first for