Protagonist (Max and Freak) : Maxwell Kane (Max) and Kevin Avery (Freak) are the two main protagonists in this novel. Maxwell Kane is a tall twelve year old boy who has a learning disability in school. He often gets bullied about his dad who had choked his mother to death and went to prison. He lives with his grandparents Grim and Gram who often takes very nice care of him.
Throughout All Quiet on the Western Front, Paul and some of his comrades wonder why they’re fighting a war that they have no relation to. Furthermore, that doesn’t give them a sabbatical for going home, even though they aspire to go home to their families. In the book, Paul and the other soldiers are taught that the country they are fighting against is their enemy, and whenever they are to approach any of the “enemies” they are to tranquilize them promptly. Just because you are fighting against a country that you believe is atrocious or corrupt, doesn’t mean that an individual on that side is in that manner. Nevertheless, a book should not be judged by a cover.
The book All Quiet on the Western Front is based on the story of Erich Maria Remarque, an 18 year old German boy that fought in World War I. The book is set out to describe 3 things; the war, the fate of a generation and true comradeship but it describes so much more than this. Published in 1963 and translated into English by Australian Arthur Wesley Wheen who is famous for translating 4 war novels for many more people’s enjoyment. Remarque’s character is names Paul Bäumer in the book.
In the novel All Quiet on the Western Front soldiers admit themselves in the war and struggle more than just staying alive. Oftentimes their lives as regular humans are threatened. Remarques purpose in writing this novel was to show how the war dehumanizes the soldiers,how comradity is created during war, and how their life after war is changed. One of the most common motifs throughout the novel is how soldiers in the war are dehumanized and turned into killing machines. In an article written by Common Dreams a story is shared about a veteran who simply became dehumanized.
Comparing All Quiet on the Western Front and “German Prisoners” George R.R. Martin, an accomplished novelist and famed author of Game of Thrones once stated, “There is a savage beast in every man, and when you hand that man a sword or spear and send him forth to war, the beast stirs.” The novel All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque and the poem “German Prisoners” by Joseph Lee carries a message similar to Martin’s. All Quiet on the Western Front depicts the grim realities of life in the trenches of World War I. The rules and morals of civilization fall apart in front of the deaths of their comrades and enemies.
In “Soldiers Home” and All Quiet on the Western Front, both Harold and Paul mature from friendly, well-adjusted children to lonely, disconnected adults who have trouble function in society due to their experiences in war, this created major changes to the ways they lived. Before Harold and Paul went to war they were well-adjusted teenagers, who had goals and wanted to succeed in life. Krebs as a kid was a normal teenage boy. “ Before Krebs went away to the war he had never been allowed to drive the family motor car” (Hemingway 134). He was not allowed to use the family car.
In the book, All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque, the main themes in the book are based on the tragedies of war. Remarque talks about how war can devastate a country but also how it brings the country together. He also talks about its effect on soldiers as they lives can be crippled by it. Remarque’s novel shows that he detests
The war novel All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque depicts one protagonist, Paul, as he undergoes a psychological transformation. Paul plays a role as a soldier fighting in World War I. His experiences during the war are not episodes the average person would simply experience. Alternatively, his experiences allow him to develop into a more sophisticated individual. Remarque illustrates these metamorphic experiences to expose his theme of the loss of not only people’s lives but also innocence and tranquility that occurs in war.
All Quiet on the Western Front is a riveting novel about World War 1, told through the eyes of a German soldier, Paul. This novel is different than other war stories because it forces you to experience the war from a point of view other than a United States Soldier. The author, Erich Maria Remarque, beautifully balances the hardships, horrors and loss of innocence that war brings to young men, with scenes of serenity, as soldiers fight to save their country. In chapter one Remarque writes, “Yesterday we were relieved, and our bellies were full of beef and beans.
"I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. I see how peoples are set against one another, and in silence, unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slay one another. " A quote from All Quiet on the Western Front perfectly describes the effects of war that ultimately leads to death. All Quiet on the Western Front tells the horrifying experience of war: a novel written by Erich Maria Remarque that was the author's way of coming to terms with the war; much like the poem Dulce et Decorum Est, which vividly describes the gruesome deaths of soldiers and how hopeless and unheroic war truly is.
War is a harsh reality that is inflicted upon the unwilling through the “need” of it’s predecessors and those whom wish it. All Quiet on The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque is about 19 year old Paul and his friends in the “Second Company”. Even though they are just out of school age, they have already seen things that many could not bear to even think about. Eventually, all of his friends die, and even Paul too, dies. Remarque uses diction and syntax as literary devices to express his anti-war theme, or lesson.
The book All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque gives us a good understanding of what war was like for the people fighting on the front. When reading this book people can get a front hand experience of what it is like being in battle. Remarque wrote this book so well that often times you picture yourself actually with Paul and all his friends. The one thing you specifically get to see is how humanity affects warfare. Humanity affects our decisions in warfare because humans are selfish, have fear, and seek revenge.
The novel, All Quiet on the Western Front is the harshest story about war ever written. This novel was written by Erich Maria Remarque, based on his real life experience about World War 1. It tells a story about a group of companions at war and how they live their life everyday there. After analyzing the novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, readers realized that almost all the characters were either very noble or not noble at all. The one character that stood out of all the character for being a noble man was the narrator, Paul.
No one wants to go to war. The presence of war in a country can destroy the economy and any stability there was. One of the more noticeable effects is the negative impact war has on the availability of food, which is harmful for both civilians and soldiers. It is possible to see this through the lenses of All Quiet on the Western Front and A Long Way Gone, as well as their real-world counterparts World War I and the Sierra Leone civil war.
The novel All Quiet on the Western Front demonstrates a theme, war can be physically and psychologically harming. In this book it constantly shows examples of characters being harmed physically, but they also get mentally torn apart. An example of mental pain is when Paul goes on leave to visit home. He experienced severe PTSD and felt like he didn't belong there anymore because of his experiences. “I find I do not belong here anymore, it is a foreign world” (Remarque 168).