US History Honors II
All Quiet on the Western Front and Joyeux Noel Essay From July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918, a war raged that many people claimed to be a gruesome, mismanaged manslaughter. This war was World War I. The soldiers who fought during WWI appeared to become dehumanized, where they start to act less like human beings. However, around Christmas 1914, soldiers fighting on the Western Front had a cease fire so they can celebrate Christmas. The novel All Quiet on the Western Front and the movie Joyeux Noel represent two different aspects of WWI; one that shows the ugly side of war and another that displays love and brotherhood.
A big theme that is displayed throughout WWI is that war dehumanizes people. The term dehumanize is just what it sounds like: it causes people to act less like humans. Throughout All Quiet on the Western Front, the author, Erich Remarque, makes reference to the soldiers at war losing all sense of humanity.This is proven when the main character Paul, a nineteen year old soldier, is sent to war and turns into a "human animal." (All Quiet). Another example of the dehumanization of the soldiers is when Paul returns home on leave, and finds himself unable to connect with his family. Furthermore, Paul's death in the final paragraph of the book illustrates to the reader how inhumane war is, and how inhumane the soldiers at war have become. In Joyeux Noel, although the soldiers were killing each other, they decided to have a ceasefire so they can celebrate Christmas. The soldiers from all sides (German, British, French) joined together on
NoMan’sLand and celebrated Christmas together. They traded items they got from home, showed pictures of their family, and talked about their family. Even after the truce, they allowed each side to bury the dead soldiers and they played a friendly game of soccer (or fútbol). ...
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