Pacifism In All Quiet On The Western Front

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The aftermath of the horrifying and traumatic events of World War 1, brought a dramatic rise in of pacifist and anti-war literature, including the impactful novel All Quiet on the Western Front, composed by Erich Maria Remarque. Remarque’s personal experiences fighting in the futile battles of World War 1 drove him to portray a realistic perspective of war and serve a voice for the Lost Generation through his novel and make deliberate decisions to portray the betrayal of the older generation forcing innocent boys to engage in atrocities, the immense fear and sadness when losing a comrade, and the major physiological impacts soldiers endure, in order to influence audiences towards pacifism and away from romanticizing war. Born 1898 in Osterburg,…show more content…
Have I feet still?... It is impossible I shall not see Kat again”, entirely destroyed by death of his sole remaining friend (Remarque 289). The extreme sadness faced by Remarque, inspired him to communicate to readers the strong brother-like bond between comrades, and the empty, hopeless feelings which accompany a death of a comrade which soldiers are supposed to simply except rather than grieve. Finally, the intentional actions of Remarque when composing the conclusion to his novel strongly portray his overall goal of communicating to his audience, that there are no true survivors of an atrocities such as World War 1, the severe psychological impacts on every soldier, including himself, are crushing and the weight of war was too much to bare by a young generation. Throughout the novel, a gradual deterioration of the narrator, Paul Baumer, is witnessed ending in his final welcome of death and the peace it brings, Remarque describes Paul in death to be laying “on the earth as though sleeping...almost glad the end had come,” as he had nothing else to truly live for (Remarque
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