All Quiet on the Western Front War
War is a battle of not only the physical but also the psychological. In the text, All quiet on the western front, by Enrich Maria Remarque, and the poem Homecoming, by Bruce Dawe, our understanding is challenged through various representations of war such as innocence, srvivl and grief.
Throughout the novel, “All quiet on the western front”, we as the readers are taken on a journey with the character Paul Baumer, a young man, whom started the war with a “head[s] full of ideas”. However, throughout his time of military service, we see the realities of war and the destruction of his innocence. Through an emotive tone, “the first dead man that we saw shattered this conviction”, responders are shown the confrontational experiences soldiers face after they were told “that they were acting for the best.”It is apparent that Paul desires to be a child again, even though he still is one; war has aged him, and taken his innocence, “am I crying? [...]It is so fantastic; am I a child?” , challenging readers through rhetorical language, to try understand the depth of deprived innocence soldiers have had to endure. As a reader we perceive this as strange, being young adults we want to be older not younger, so this challenges our understanding of psychological transformations. Paul refers to his comrades, using a paradox, as “stone-age veterans” successfully portraying the emotional development that soldiers had to undergo. We recognize that the soldiers are “no longer youth” and have lost important teenage years developing. Remarque uses a simile, “He looks up, pushes the helmet off and like a child creeps under my arm,” to shape the ideologies of childish behaviours demonstrating the psychological breakdowns of veterans in the field. Audiences are challenged through this emotive register, placing themselves in the situations and pondering on their own capabilities to withstand pressure in the field. This characterizes Paul as an older...
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