What Is The Effects Of Romanticism In Slaughterhouse Five And All Quiet On The Western Front

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For centuries, in countless countries, war has been romanticized. This means, "If you romanticize war you 're making it sound like a glorious, beautiful thing. To romanticize is to interpret things that are not glamorous in a glamorous way" ("Romanticize" par. 2). The effects of romanticized wars are seen throughout Slaughterhouse Five and All Quiet on the Western Front. The false visions of war that soldiers blindly go into mentally destroy them little by little. For the women and men back home, the families, their ideas of what their loved one is going through is constantly changing with the novels and movies romanticizing war and the war heroes. Kurt Vonnegut has said before that he believes civilization was terminated in World War I and that "Much of the blame is the malarkey that artist have created to glorify war, which we all know, is nonsense, and a good deal worse that that –romantic pictures of battle, and of the dead men in uniform and all that" (Vitale par. 4). Vonnegut points out the severity of what happens when war is romanticized. Slaughterhouse Five depicts the fantasy of war compared to the reality of it; the gruesome scenes show the reality of war, all the while, showing how easy it is for men and women to believe war is a glorious battle for honor when in reality, it is a living hell. Erich Maria Remarque 's descriptions, in All Quiet on the Western Front, show a disconnect from what troops thought war would be like and what their reality was. Through

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