Throughout the ages, wars have wreaked havoc and caused great destruction that lead to the loss of millions of lives. However, wars also have an immensely destructive effect on the individual soldier. In the novel All Quiet on the Western Front written by Erich Maria Remarque, one is able to see exactly to what extent soldiers suffered during World War 1 as well as the effect that war had on them. In this essay I will explain the effect that war has on young soldiers by referring to the loss of innocence of young soldiers, the disillusionment of the soldiers and the debasement of soldiers to animalistic men. Many soldiers entered World War 1 as innocent young boys, but as they experienced the full effect of the war they consequently lost their innocence.
Erich Maria Remarque showed disillusionment in very many different ways in his book that he wrote ¨All Quiet On The Western Front. ¨ The theme of ¨All Quiet On The Western Front¨ is to never let your emotions get to you when you need to power through things and need to be strong at the moment. Paul never let his emotions get to him throughout the story. Besides at one point when he went home and saw his mother so sick she was stuck in bed, and she left all the good food that they had for when Paul came back even though Paul knew his mother and sister needed the food more than him.
Remarque’s Development of Wartime Brutality and the Differences in Wartime Today All Quiet on the Western Front is a timeless story that portrays the good and the bad of being involved in a war, specifically World War 1 (WW1). Throughout the novel, Remarque develops the theme of brutality in the war. He presents the topic of brutality quite often. The brutality during wartime has short and long term effects, but also is somewhat different from war today.
“There were thousands of Kantoreks, all of whom were convinced that they were acting for the best--- in a way that cost them nothing. And that is why they let us down so badly” (Remarque 12). Leadership plays an important role in every war, especially those of major importance. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque has many examples of leadership on display. Three types of leadership displayed in the novel are Kantorek’s hypocritical leadership, Himmelstoss’s authoritarian leadership, and Kat’s pack leader qualities.
“There is no neutral ground in the universe. Every square inch, every split second is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan.” (C.S. Lewis) In Enrich Remarque’s novel All Quiet on the Western Front, a story is told through the eyes of a young soldier named Paul Baumer.
Erich Maria Remarque’s novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, follows the life of a German Soldier, Paul Baumer, serving in the trenches in France during World War I. This novel is told from Baumer’s perspective and depicts the horrors of living in his shoes during this time. Paul and several other young soldiers volunteered for the war after their instructor in school, Kantorek and other authority figures back home filled their heads with glorious ideas about the war. Very quickly, he discovers the reality- gas attacks, fatal illness, starvation, rat infestations, and bloody trenches. This dehumanizing war affects Paul and the soldiers who fought in it by destroying their physical and emotional well being, changing their views on the meaning of life and death, obliterating their sense of nationalism by betrayal, and
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque is a story told by a soldier named Paul Bäumer about his experiences during World War I. The war lasted from 1914 to 1918 affecting a whole generation of young men across the world. There was so much death during the WWI that sometimes families would lose more than one soldier. Paul describes how horrendous death was in the book. This showed readers the true insight of war at the time.
Script EXT. MONTAGE OF EVENTS IN NORTH AFRICAN DESERT George (Voice-Over) Dear Hester, It seems a very long time since we met in Keady. This tragic period of events has put us in a warm paradise; a place what the rest of the group refers to as an empty world. The desert gives us both an attraction and pain in its range, the worst being man himself.
Kitty, the female protagonist, is a beautiful wife showered with expensive materials and a luxurious house named Baldry Court. She is completely dependent upon her husband Chris for her lifestyle and respect from society that she gains with a presentable husband. Ultimately, Kitty is the symbol of a woman imprisoned in her social class. She only knows what gender roles of society have embedded in her mind that a woman is a badge of her husband’s duty to the war as a soldier. At one point Jenny says “nothing could ever really become a part of our (Kitty and Jenny) life until it had been referred to Chris’s attention”(West 14).
December 28th, 1944, near Humain, Belgium. For most of my life introductions were a rarity. I lived on a small farm about fifteen kilometers away from the nearest town, one which we only visited for school, supplies and church. Everyone knew everyone, and if you were a stranger you were not one for long.
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque is based on a group of young soldiers; Paul, Kat, Kropp, Tjaden, Detering and Muller who experience the horrific battlefield of World War I fighting for the German army. These main soldier of this journey is Paul Bäumer who is the hero of this novel. Paul was influenced by his schoolteacher Kantorek to join the army and becomes a seasoned war veteran throughout the novel. Before the war these young men did not know the terrors of war and what they were up against. One would think that these soldiers would rely on the love and warmth of their families to make it through the war but none of that matters on the western front.