Both Remarque and Greene demonstrate that vulnerability leads to evil. In The Quiet American, Fowler says that Pyle “never saw anything he hadn’t heard in a lecture-hall, and his writers and his lecturers made a fool of him.” This quote explains that Pyle was susceptible to the evils of Vietnam due to his innocence as a scholar back home. Similarly, Remarque uses Baumer’s belief that himself and his comrades “are not youth any longer,” to explain to the reader of the novel that these formerly innocent youths are now men destroyed by the evils in which they participated. Both authors use the demise of youths, who are generally associated with innocence, to demonstrate the power or wickedness as an influence on innocent
In the novel, Remarque says, from within another character named Muller, “Will you be taking them with you” (16). This quote explains how losing a comrade comes so easily and naturally during the war. In a normal setting there would be mourning and sorrow. In war, the soldiers become uncompassionate, and the value of life
Paul tells the truths about the life experiences he is surviving and the detailed events of life on the front lines of the most brutal war in history. Remarque portrays many of his own views on war by narrating through Paul. Throughout the story Remarque shows the personal struggles, and devastations that a soldier experiences from fighting in the trenches of World War one.
The book, All Quiet On The Western Front, by Erich Remarque, tells what happens to a group of German teenagers during World War I. Throughout this novel, Remarque has certain symbols for objects in the book that represent or mean something. For example, Kemmerich’s boots symbolized death. That’s just one example but there are a bunch more symbols and they all have connections to each other. Paul Baumer was one of the main characters in this book.
The main character in Erich Maria Remarque's book All Quiet on the Western Front is Paul Baumer. He is a soldier in the German army and is used as an example of what war can do to people. Throughout the story Paul's mental state slowly deteriorates until he becomes a total psycho. By the end of the book Paul no longer wants to live because of what he has seen and done. Paul literally longs for the day that he will die.
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. For example, Paul describes the front by comparing it to a whirlpool saying, “To me the front is a mysterious whirlpool.
Analysis of All Quiet on the Western Front Many war novels are written in an admirable way as if war as an act of valor and honor in which men sacrifice their lives for their country and for the greater good. All Quiet on the Western Front is a novel published in 1929 by Erich Remarque. This novel,contrasting many others, does not admire war, but speaks of itshorrors with unparalleled veracity. All Quiet on The Western Front is clearly an anti-war book as can be seen with Paul’s changing mindset preceding and during the war, descriptions of the cruelty of war, and Paul’s reaction to the death his friends. “Won’t you join up, Comrades?” (Remarque, 11) said Kantorek, who was Paul’s schoolmaster and had swayed Paul and his friends to go to the District Commandment and volunteer for the war.
In All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, the reader is taken on a literary journey to the western front of World War One on the German side in order to experience what it’s like through the eyes of a young German soldier. Part of the novel’s appeal lies in its descriptive themes which help the reader get a better visual image of what is happening in the book. Stylistic devices such as imagery, figurative language, and setting are used throughout the novel to explain something in a better way, help you getter a better picture of what’s going on, and understand where the event is taking place. Initially, Remarque uses figurative language to compare something to something else to add more description to the object he is talking
In the novel All Quiet On The Western Front, Paul Baumer represents the “Lost Generation” with Paul embodying the decline of the young sent to war under the guise of duty and honor propagated by teachers and parents as his character changes from a sensitive nineteen year old boy to be worn, apathetic soldier who has seen the violent front lines of the war. In the novel All Quiet On The Western Front, Paul Baumer has been in war for months now sitting in the trenches of the front. His hatred for the war is obvious as he watches men killed in the most of horrendous ways cursing at himself for not feeling anything and becoming an ‘animal’. The war was only made more damaging when Paul and his fellow schoolmates witness the death of their friend, Behm, the first week of war after he was left for
Things are horrendous throughout the war, but the real effect of it happens outside of the war. Things such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and also the loss of very close friends. Near the end of the book, Paul is the last survivor of his original classmates who enlisted. “Now if we go back we will be weary, broken, burnt out, rootless, and without hope” (Remarque 294) This captures the feelings Paul has towards the war. He feels as if he goes back to the front, he will have no motivation, no drive to fight because all of his friends who pushed him to fight, are not there