By manipulating the war setting and language of the novel Heller is able to depict society as dark and twisted. Heller demonstrates his thoughts of society through the depicted war. In the novel, the loss of personal identity in the soldiers lives. Furthermore, The idea is that supports how much value is placed upon a human life and shows the evils and cruelty of war is related The Ball Turret Gunner by Randall Jarrell, in which a soldier who spends his entire life in war only to die the same position he came into the war “fetal” state; just to be disregarded and buried in a whole.
These are all devices that are vital in portraying the overall theme of the brutality of war, in All Quiet on the Western Front. One of the main literary devices used in All Quiet on the Western Front is imagery. An example of this is when Detering, Paul and, his friends become pale and sick at hearing
It tries to enlighten the hardship of coming back to a life that is not foul or execrable including the likes of PTSD and unemployment. Both of these works of art simultaneously denounce the sins of war while supporting the troops overseas. War Song and Hero of War are two very controversial songs about war, while being two similar songs as well. Both of these songs use Ethos as both of artists have served in war ergo making them a credible source. While Rise Against’s HoW uses Ethos to describe the dreadful sights and glimpses of war, War Song uses Ethos to support the troops and to lambaste war.
War over a War Novel In the preface to All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque writes, “It [the novel] will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war.” This quote shows that this book was written for the purpose of conveying how a generation was lost because of World War I. Two critics, however, differ over the validity of the author’s purpose because of the depiction of the horrors of war and portrayal of a soldier in All Quiet on the Western Front. The critic Modris Eksteins agrees with Remarque in arguing that Paul Bäumer embodies an everyman that represents the fate of a generation.
Both ‘The Soldier’ and ‘Dulce et decorum est’ express the authors perception of war. Owen describes the bitter reality of war, whereas Rupert Brooke expresses the glorification of war and fighting for your country. Alliteration is used in both poems to establish rhythm and reinforce the tone. For the two poems, the titles are misleading. They contradict what the poem is actually about.
Wilfred Owen who was born in 1893 is still named as one of the leading British poets of war poetry about World War I in the English literature. Throughout his poetries, he vividly captures the reality of war and chaos inside of the soldiers. Before the war, Owen was a language tutor in France, but he served in an army because he felt pressured by the government’s propaganda. Nevertheless, when he actually got into the army, he disillusioned and realized both pity and horror of war. From his dreadful experience, the anti-war feeling strongly created in his mind.
Industry revolutionized warfare giving birth to machine guns, poison gas, and tanks. This weaponry increased mortality rates but only added to the gruesomeness of deaths. Meanwhile, countries upheld the war with patriotism, nationalism, and a sense of duty; poets spoke out about the truth of warfare and the true horror of battle. War poets reveal the suffering everyday soldiers endured on the battlefield. They depict a bleak, realistic picture that the outside world that did not have firsthand experience of the war would not otherwise have experienced.
"Anthem for Doomed Youth” is a war poem written by the modern poet Wilfred Owen. It was written in 1917 whereas it was published posthumously in 1920. Similarly to other Owen’s poems, this also depicts moments from WWI which the poet took part himself. Despite the fact that it is known for its great destructiveness, Owen brings through his poem even more horror scenes as he experienced himself while he was part of the British army.
As John F. Kennedy once stated, “Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.” The world constantly faces war, war is so annihilative and causes so much loss. The harsh nature of war causes mass destruction to not only the lives of humans but also to animals and nature. In his novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, Remarque utilizes a plethora of nature, color, and death imagery to convey the theme of destructiveness of war. Throughout the novel, Remarque often employs imagery of nature to prove the hostility war creates.
The definition for war according to Merriam-Webster is “a conflict carried on by force of arms, as between nations or between parties within a nation; warfare, as by land,sea, or air.” Erich Maria Remarque’s novel All Quiet on the Western Front illustrates the horrors the soldier experiences during war and the effects it has on him psychologically. Remarque uses the character of Paul Baumer who is a compassionate and sensitive young man, but the brutal experience of warfare teaches him to detach himself from his emotions in order to preserve his sanity and to survive. His account of the war is a bitter invective against sentimental, romantic ideals of warfare.
War is integral to the text, and aspects of it are explored extensively by Malouf. The poisonous manner in which patriotism drives unsuited young men to war is conveyed via perspective and contrast. Contrast of imagery conveys the overall nature of war, in its hierarchy and ugliness. Finally, language techniques such as emotive language and negative connotations are utilized to explore the gruelling conditions of war, and the emotional toll it takes. Malouf’s text conveys much about the horrendous nature of war and the phenomena surrounding it, via a variety of narrative and language
The painting “The Trench Warfare” is a piece of art that represents the actions during war. It was painted by the German artist Otto Dix in 1932 as a way to criticize society and war. Wilhelm Heinrich Otto Dix or otto Dix was a painter and printmaker. Otto was known for his ruthless and harshly realistic depictions of Weimar society and the brutality of war. As i compared it with the book ‘All Quiet On The Western Front’ by Erich Maria Remarque some of the themes in the books were similar to the themes in the painting.
Even though a story is not an autobiographical work, a relationship can still exist between the author and the main character. This circumstance occurs in the anti-war novel All Quiet on the Western Front. This novel presents a relationship between the main character Paul Baumer and the author Erich Maria Remarque. If a reader knows Remarque’s life and background, the reader can determine the connection between his life and his work. All Quiet on the Western Front is a fictional story and contains fictional characters, but Remarque bases these characters on real people he actually knew and used Paul Baumer to represent himself (Roberts).
Maybe nothing is more incessant in the pages of history books than wars. Since the beginning of time, men have battled to hold their ground and vanquish more. However, the images of war are never as victorious that they are painted out to be. The truth of war is dull, devastate, and nerve racking, with conditions unfavorable to mind, body, and soul. The substances of war and the dread experienced are reported and told by writers all through time.
At the beginning of the war, soldiers were excited and enthusiastic about fighting and they saw the other side as non-human. However, over time, the soldiers were exposed to so much death and suffering that their views shifted to see the war as an unnecessary evil which destroyed valuable lives. As shown in multiple poems written during World War One, and in Remarque’s, All Quiet on the Western Front, through witnessing excessive suffering and death at the hands of society, people recognize their individual values over the values of their society. As the war began, soldiers were surrounded by glorifying propaganda and encouragement from society to get involved, this led to feelings of excitement and pride towards the war.