The Quiet Essays

  • Thomas Fowler's The Quiet American

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    The Quiet American is set on a battlefield. Vietnam is being fought over by several competing powers in the 1950s, and while the French, British, and natives struggle to maintain a foothold in Indochina, a growing American presence further complicates the local landscape. Thomas Fowler, the novel’s narrator, is a British reporter in colonized Vietnam. His primary love interest, a young native named Phuong, has decamped to the household of an idealistic American named Alden Pyle, who “never saw anything

  • All Quiet On The Western Front

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    in their lives are pushed, challenged, met with difficult decisions and go through strenuous ordeals which will form and develop their beliefs, values and how they perceive the world. The novels All Quiet on the Western Front and Purple Hibiscus share these similar themes through the novels. All Quiet on the Western Front, written by Erich Maria Remarque, is a War novel about the physical and mental challenges of a young German man who volunteers to join up into the military to fight in World War

  • Analysis Of All Quiet On The Western Front

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    In All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) film, it does depict the feelings, living conditions, and combat experiences of the World War 1 soldiers. The film shows how the soldiers lived during the World War 1, there might have been a very few slightly different details between the film and the lecture notes. Although, the film does give the audience an accurate image of how the living conditions were for the soldiers during the war. In All Quiet on the Western Front it shows the Germans and how their

  • All Quiet On The Western Front Changes

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    All Quiet on the Western Front written by Erich Maria Remarque is a story of a young man named Paul Bäumer who volunteers to be a soldier in the German army during World War One. Being at a very young age Bäumer, and three of his friends whom also enlisted to the German army from the same school he attended, felt proud when enlisting “we were a class of twenty young men, many of whom proudly shaved for the first time before going to the barracks” (AQOTWF p.21). Very soon, however, Bäumer and the

  • All Quiet On The Western Front Reflection

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    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. Paul and his six friends from his class all joined the war

  • Absurdism In All Quiet On The Western Front

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    In the book All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque, is about a group of German schoolboys who enlist to fight in WWI. It is told by one of the characters, Paul’s, perspective. The boys don’t have anything to go back to after the war. The author is a German veteran, and talks about his experience on the front, through the book. Their teacher, who convinced them to join, said it was good fighting for your country. But as they start fighting, the boys start to realize it is nothing

  • Brutality In All Quiet On The Western Front

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    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. The theme is developed in many ways,

  • Symbolism In All Quiet On The Western Front

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    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. potato pancakes symbolize Paul’s family and mother

  • Betrayal In All Quiet On The Western Front

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    The aftermath of the horrifying and traumatic events of World War 1, brought a dramatic rise in of pacifist and anti-war literature, including the impactful novel All Quiet on the Western Front, composed by Erich Maria Remarque. Remarque’s personal experiences fighting in the futile battles of World War 1 drove him to portray a realistic perspective of war and serve a voice for the Lost Generation through his novel and make deliberate decisions to portray the betrayal of the older generation forcing

  • Conflict In All Quiet On The Western Front

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    In the novel, “All Quiet on the Western Front”, Remarque retells the story of World War One from the viewpoint of the German soldier, Paul Baumer. Throughout the novel, Paul experiences the atrocities of this war, but unfortunately the effects of the war were worse than he had imagined. The war took a toll on the life of every single soldier, affecting their futures and families. However, the camaraderie the boys had formed allowed them to survive and ultimately was the only positive outcome of the

  • Comradeship In All Quiet On The Western Front

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    the bullets as they flew into the hearts of friend and foe. Yet, through the spitting machine guns and muddy, rat-ridden trenches, the men remained loyal to each other. Comradeship, a theme prevalent throughout the novel All Quiet on the Western Front, is shown through the quiet determination, recognition, and fellowship of the “Iron Youth.” In Chapter One, the reader is introduced to the characters as a collective group, already lending the book to a spirit of camaraderie. This is distinctly

  • All Quiet On The Western Front Analysis

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    All Quiet on the Western Front and The Storm of Steel, are two novels about World War I that were written from completely different viewpoints of two German soldiers. Remarque, author of All Quiet on the Western Front emphasized the atrocities of war that the main character, Paul, experienced which outweighed any purpose other than to support his brothers on the battlefield. In the Storm of Steel, Junger is totally convinced that World War I was a great event and he stressed how important it was

  • All Quiet In The Grand Illusion Analysis

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    Disillusionment in All Quiet on the Western Front and Grand Illusion When World War I is featured in literature, at many times the theme of disillusionment appears. In All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque shows the illusion of war through the elderly and leaders of the war, whereas the soldiers portray the disillusionment of it. On the other hand, In the Grand Illusion, Jean Renoir assumes that the illusion is already understood; instead he focuses on depicting the disillusionment

  • Themes In All Quiet On The Western Front

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    "Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy? If we threw away these rifles and uniforms you could be my brother just like Kat and Albert (Remarque 223)". Comradeship among soldiers is a major theme throughout the novel, "All Quiet on the Western Front" because the soldiers knew each other before the war, protected each other during combat, and can relate to one another without having to literally speak. This story 's theme shows comradeship because Paul and the other soldiers were in class together

  • All Quiet On The Western Front Themes

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    The book All Quiet on the Western Front, written by Erich Maria Remarque, has many apparent themes throughout it. One of the main themes is the Lost Generation. It is defined as, by dictionary.com, as “the generation reaching maturity during and just after World War I, a high proportion of whose men were killed during those years”. The novel is set during World War I, focusing on young men fighting for Germany. All Quiet on the Western Front emphasizes the Lost Generation because of how it focuses

  • All Quiet On The Western Front Analysis

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    In the book All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque, the author utilizes juxtaposition and situational irony to demonstrate the negative impacts of war on a soldiers’ relationships, more specifically how being a young soldier isolates one from their family and pre-war life. Erich Remarque uses situational irony to indicate that the Great War influences the soldiers’ connections to their families, by secluding themselves from their parents and siblings. Near the end of Paul’s leave

  • Review: All Quiet On The Western Front

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    Name: _____________________________________ WWI and All Quiet on the Western Front Webquest You will research information about WWI and our next novel, All Quiet on the Western Front. This information will help you understand why Remarque’s characters were so hopeless and will help to put the novel’s themes into context for you. It will also help you understand why the novel is so universally accepted, although it was written by a German Soldier. Please type all your answers into this document

  • All Quiet On The Western Front Essay

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    All Quiet on The Western Front, written by Erich Maria Remarque, is a novel composed after World War One to convey the experiences of German soldiers during this horrific time of fighting. He brought to light many important issues that occur during wars. In this book, three horrors of war that had the largest impact were the lack of sanitation in the trenches, the loss of comrades, and the shock that came from unexpected and ongoing shelling. The lack of sanitation in the trenches caused many diseases

  • Irony In Remarque's All Quiet On The Western Front

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    Irony in Remarque 's, All Quiet on the Western Front Some historians and people describe World War I as “The Great War,” a label that must be ironic to those who have fought it and lost their friends and family. Erich Maria Remarque 's novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, narrates the lives of several young soldiers, Paul, Tjaden, Albert and Müller, among others, who enlisted to defend the German lines. Their schoolteachers encouraged them to enlist by stressing the nobility of and courage in serving

  • All Quiet On The Western Front Analysis

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    ends up that they 're fighting for the man next to them.” Soldiers become extremely close to “the man next to them” during the destruction and harsh conditions of war, and this is prominently displayed all throughout Erich Maria Remarque’s novel All Quiet on the Western Front. Narrator and protagonist Paul Bäumer, along with his comrades, including Tjaden, Müller, Albert Kropp, Franz Kemmerich, Haie Westhus, and Detering, constantly support one another while out on the front, in the hospital, and throughout