Tim talks about the person he had killed “ He was not a fighter. His health was poor, his body small and frail.”(O’Brien 119). O 'Brien displayed that there were other people so also didn 't want to be on the war. O 'Brien showed how the war can bring the same guilt and sadness to person many years after the war. The war caused him to be very disappointed and depressed for what he had done.
Near the end of Paul’s leave of absence, he felt isolated and full of regret, “I ought never to have come here. Out there I was indifferent and often hopeless-I will never be able to be so again. I was a soldier, and now I am nothing but an agony for myself, for my mother, for everything that is so comfortless and without end.”(Remarque 185) This quote accentuates the narrator’s separation from his family, when he cries out “I ought never to have come here.” Moreover, commonly, soldiers are exhilarated to finally go home after long periods of time at the front, and the men dread when they have to return to battle. However, in Paul’s case, he desires to return to the front, rather than staying in his home town and seeing his mother in pain, he yearns to feel numb again. Therefore, Paul is in “agony” because before going on leave, he was hopeless and had no will to live, thus making him a better soldier.
Remarque ties this specific theme of World War I to deliver the problem of bringing soldiers with no experience in the world, representing an entire country and consequently dying in the Front because they were not mature enough to fully comprehend their surroundings to light. Bringing young people away from their lives and to war takes away any chance they have at a normal life, sooner or later putting them in an exceptionally weak mental
In Erich Maria Remarque’s, “All Quiet on the Western Front” the soldiers face fear, hardships, love, trust, and death together during World War 1. The question is, why? All soldiers were clueless to the reason why they had to leave their families, friends, and loved ones, only to return home to suffer from the mental and physical pain afterward. The novel focuses on Paul Baumer who enlists in the German army and experiences the horrors of war while trying to survive in the trenches. “War Some More” by Sandra Osborne connects well with the novel in the sense that war is brutal and brings forth hatred without a solid explanation as to why.
Many soldier left due to the lack of food, clothes, shoes, and equipment while other soldiers deserted not for the lack of supplies but to the opposition the Confederate policies and principles (1). However, the major cause of desertion was homesickness and to once again be with their families back home. Many men left the army after they became aware of the hardships and danger encountered by their families back home. Soldiers also deserted in an attempt to alleviate the hardships endured by their families and communities. Enlistment in the army kept men away from their homes for extended periods and destroyed the economic foundation of semi-subsistent mountain families.
The extreme sadness faced by Remarque, inspired him to communicate to readers the strong brother-like bond between comrades, and the empty, hopeless feelings which accompany a death of a comrade which soldiers are supposed to simply except rather than grieve. Finally, the intentional actions of Remarque when composing the conclusion to his novel strongly portray his overall goal of communicating to his audience, that there are no true survivors of an atrocities such as World War 1, the severe psychological impacts on every soldier, including himself, are crushing and the weight of war was too much to bare by a young
Many veterans are unemployed due to lack of education, they are homeless because of lack of funds, they are alone because they lack a family, or they are suffering because of the nightmares that come with fighting in terribles wars. America honors the veterans that stand tall when they come back from war-ravaged countries, welcoming them with hugs and thanks and parades. Though when it comes to veterans who lack the materials to take care of themselves and live like a normal citizen, America ignores them, turning a blind eye. They act as if that veteran who is homeless has not gone to another country and risked their life - and for what cause? What would one lose if they were to stop and donate a few coins?
In “Field Trip,” O’Brien relives a war-time experience. What causes this account to differ so greatly from previous ones, however, is the fact that O’Brien revisits this experience in person rather than through his writing. O’Brien visits the site of Kiowa’s death with his daughter Kathleen who, expectedly, does not appreciate the setting. By visiting this site, O’Brien faces the guilt and horror he faced during the war head-on. He claims that he blamed this site “for what [he] had become, and [he] blamed it for taking away the person [he] had once been” (O’Brien 176).
They see soldiers and civilians dying, and are made kill others. Prisoners of war are often mistreated, and conditions for those who aren’t captured are still not given good living conditions. Many soldiers who live are injured and have near-death experiences. Billy Pilgrim, the main character from Slaughterhouse-Five, was emotionally scarred from the war, and therefore believed he was time-travelling. Little things would upset him or bring back memories of the war because of the ordeal through which he went.
He did not want them themselves really.” (P.3, line 34-36). The lost generation refers to the generation of young men who served in the first world war and that can be related to Krebs because he did serve in the war. Wandering without direction or goal is something that happens a lot to the lost generation and this most definitely is also an issue Krebs is dealing with himself. The feeling of being lost and not a part of society also stems from the military teaching Krebs that he should not love anyone not even his mother. “ 'Yes, Don 't you love your mother, dear boy? '