Summary Of Ernst Jünger's Storm Of [UNK]

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In Ernst Jünger’s book, Storm of Steel¸ this passage captured his attitude about war: confusion caused by inexperience. This confusion surrounding war comes from the fact that he is an experienced soldier. He and his fellow inexperienced soldiers had shown up to fight with a yearning “for the experience of the extraordinary” and on their first day of the war, they got that experience (Jünger, p. 5). A violent shelling caused Jünger to rethink his initial thoughts of war. He had been sure war would supply him with “the great, the overwhelming, and the hallowed experience” (Jünger, p. 5). However, the shelling made Jünger realize that war was going to be violent and not at all what he had originally expected. War was not going to be cozy, but instead a violent clawing beast. The shelling came as a shock to Jünger and his fellow soldiers because they realized how impersonal the war could be. He compares his realization with a ghost appearing in broad daylight, which is an unusual situation. The idea war would be so impersonal was confusing when he had expected a “merry…show more content…
When he is first in the trenches, he admitted he could not tell the difference between the sounds of German gunnery and enemy shelling (Jünger, p. 27). His first battle experience exposed him to the great violence of war. The violence was far beyond what he had imagined. Jünger “lost his head completely” in his first battle because of the sheer amount of violence. The passage also applied to the rest of his time in the war. Each battle was more violent and beyond anything, he had previously experienced. By the end of his time in the service, enemy fire and shelling had injured Jünger fourteen times. He even seemed proud that he was only targeted eleven times because during the war, “so much of the firing was done blindly into empty space” (Jünger, p. 288). This statement is another reaffirmation of how impersonal Jünger felt the war could
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