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. However it may seem, this is not violence simply for the shock factor, neither is it simply included to add realism to the novel. Instead this is an effort on Remarque’s behalf to communicate the human aspect of war, and describe the immense suffering that could be inflicted on any soldier during the GReat War. Through the use of the Narrator Paul Baumer, and the graphic imagery and description, Remarque illustrates the suffering that a soldier had to go through, both psychological and physical. The physical injuries sustained by men on the frontline in All quiet on the western front were absolutely horrendous.
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.
In the book A separate peace by John Knowles he plays with the concepts of war and guilt . He knows that the war had banished the innocence of the boys. John plays with the feelings of the guilt taken over the boys. This feeling of war has influenced the actions of the boys Finny, Gene and Leper. John Knowles has used diction, imagery and figurative language to show the micro-level of the affects the everyday life of the boys in the story.
In the novel, “All Quiet on the Western Front”, Remarque retells the story of World War One from the viewpoint of the German soldier, Paul Baumer. Throughout the novel, Paul experiences the atrocities of this war, but unfortunately the effects of the war were worse than he had imagined. The war took a toll on the life of every single soldier, affecting their futures and families. However, the camaraderie the boys had formed allowed them to survive and ultimately was the only positive outcome of the war. Remarque includes sections throughout the novel that emphasize this deep bond that the soldiers share with one another.
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 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 diction in “Dulce Et Decorum Est” helps to convey a more realistic and raw depiction of war to express a critical tone whereas the formal diction in “Epitaph on a Soldier” helps convey the reassurance that a soldier’s life is complete. In “Dulce Et Decorum Est” specific diction like “drunk” is used to emphasize the brutality of war and the toll it takes on the soldier.
In All Quiet on the Western Front, a novel by Erich Maria Remarque, the main character, Paul, develops a new viewpoint on war as the reader follows the story of his time fighting for Germany during World War I. Remarque keeps a realistic, poetic, and contrastive style in his writing that conveys the scenes Paul sees and experiences in such a way that draws the reader in. Each style has its own significance and is represented at least once throughout the novel. The first style, realistic, is one of the most common styles throughout the book. Remarque goes into great detail in many scenes, helping to describe the feeling and sight of the scenes around Paul. One of the greater examples is when the Second Company is sent to the front-line for
The soldiers in All Quiet on the Western Front, have experienced many hardships and they are expressed in a way of great horror and violence along with In The Field written by Tim O’Brien, and In Flanders Fields, written by John McCrae. Throughout the novel of All Quiet on the Western Front, which was written by Erich Maria Remarque, there are countless mentions that truly show the true horrors of war. Paul Baumer, the leading protagonist in All Quiet on the Western Front, states his surroundings in a way that entices the reader to his perspective and really coaxes with their mind to induce the harsh surroundings and environments that lie in war. In the beginning of chapter six, Paul and the other soldiers are settled along the front, which for the average person, is enough to scare them to a point where they would not even consider going into warfare because of the horrors that lie within Paul Baumer and the other soldiers. Paul describes it as a “cage in which we must wait fearfully” no matter what can happen(Remarque 101).
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
As a source of history, Testament of Youth provides the reader with a firsthand account of a generation deeply affected by war. World War I was the first all out, brutal war the world had experienced. It had such a detrimental and lasting impact on Vera Brittain that she wrote Testament of Youth to educate generations to follow on the senseless waste of human lives caused by war. In Testament of Youth, Brittain reveals how the gender roles of the 1900’s created various differences in experience between men and women. Testament of Youth is an argument against war through Brittain’s firsthand account of the tragedies and loss that it created in hopes that history does not repeat itself.