All Quiet on the Western Front

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Year 10 Analytical Essay: All Quiet on the Western Front
Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front, follows the life of a young German solider named Paul Baumer fighting on the western front in World War One. Over the course of the story Paul discovers that war isn’t what people make it out to be, and that war caused him to lose his identity. Paul’s experience in the war proves that the negative effects that is causing him to go confused and doesn’t really know what to do with him, his friends have been dyeing right in front of him and he has got blood on his hands. The young solider and older soldiers have led to a lost generation of men. The book alternates between periods at the Western front and peaceful interludes, horrifying battles and scenes of young comrades passing time together, episodes in the field hospital and at home on furlough. Fresh out of high school, Paul and his classmates idealistically enter military service, but the realities of war soon transform Paul and his comrades into "old folk" and "wild beasts." War destroys these men: their hope in a seemingly hopeless situation attests to the endurance of the human spirit. Body:

The lost generation feels like a terrible sense of betrayal, by their teachers, parents and government. As they asked themselves “why”, they focused on what they had learned at home and in school. This is an example when all of the young soldiers are talking about “why”, they need to be in the war. “We’re out here defending our homeland. And yet the French are there defending their homeland as well. Which of us is right… (Chapter 9, Page 140) The young soldiers keep on talking among themselves and say, “ Our trenchers and preachers and newspaper all tell us that we are the only ones with right on our side, and let’s hope it’s true – but the French teachers and preachers and newspaper all insist that they are the only ones in the right. How does that figure”. (Chapter 9, Page 141). Remarque...
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