All Quiet on the Western Front

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All quiet on the western front is a WW1 novel from the perspective of a German Veteran Paul. This book describes the German soldiers’ extreme mental and physical stress during the war that he and his colleagues endure. “I am young, I am twenty years old, yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. I see how people are set against one another.” Says narrator Paul Baumer; Erich Maria Remarque the author of All Quiet on the Western Front. As many would agree, as well as Erich, that war is a machine that destroys all lives that are involved, even the survivors. It doesn’t stop, almost like its mechanical, with its on going conflict that seems to never end. Finally, it transforms men, just like a machine would transform materials. These reasons on why war is a machine are expressed throughout the book in multiple examples.

Its no surprise war destroys lives or takes lives, in All Quiet on the Western Front multiple lives are taken or destroyed. The most dominant example is through Paul himself. Before the war he was a writer, living his life through peace and prosperity. Throughout the book Paul’s faith slowly diminishes and he starts to forget who he really is. This is foreshadowed through his play Saul, because it’s a play about a man who looses faith and in the bible Saul turns to Paul but as shown through the book Paul figuratively turns into Saul. In many ways ww1 alerted the outlook on war more than any other wars. Its catastrophic levels of violence destroyed lives like a machine. Another perfect example that goes hand in hand with war is a machine because it destroys lives in the machines used in the war itself. Machine guns were the number one used weapon in the war, and took the most lives. Most of the men in ww1 were not there because they wanted to be, they were there because of the draft. When a young man is holing machine guns and is being threatened he feels very strong and powerful in...
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