Horror of War Exposed in Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front is one of the greatest war novels of all time. It is a story, not of Germans, but of men, who even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war. The entire purpose of this novel is to illustrate the vivid horror and raw nature of war and to change the popular belief that war has an idealistic and romantic character. The story centers on Paul Baümer, who enlists in the German army with glowing enthusiasm. In the course of war, though, he is consumed by it and in the end is "weary, broken, burnt out, rootless, and without hope" (Remarque page #).
Trench warfare was hell for all those involved, many returning home in a different state of mind than they left with. Also, WWI claimed the lives of many of America's brightest minds, including doctors, writers, and novelists. In this poem written by Owen, the events of a typical day in the war is detailed and described to show that war is not as glorious and honorable as those back home picture it. The title, meaning 'how sweet and fitting it is to die for one's country', is actually very sarcastic and depicts the feelings of many of those that were fighting. The first stanza sets the scene and show what the soldiers would be feeling at the time.
Even though the war was over he lived in fear; his unconscious was haunting him. Septimus was insane and basically lived in his... ... middle of paper ... ...oth wanted to go to war; their lives were forever changed from this decision. Owen and Ellis were both uncertain about the war and why it was being fought, yet they both ended up there. Neither of them came home. All four have shown us the ugliness that war brings.
Sassoon explored the theme of war in that he thought it was a bad thing a terrible thing to die and. Sassoon hated war he portrayed it as horrid and fearful and really explained the suffering the soldiers went through lots of men and boys were killing themeselvs becuase if it "he pit a bullet through his brain and no one spoke of him again" Lots if men who took their own lives were though of as cowdly . In the first stanza you get the message that the poem is about a young boy who likes life in the war but as you read on you get a very different message. Sassoon is exploring the theme of war in the same way as some of the other poets. He is saying war is horrible and that it is not an honour to fight in.
With the thoughts of how he will die, he cannot handle the mysterious nightlife anymore. He doesn’t know what is really out there in Vietnam –in fact no one knows- and the constant anticipation for a monster to attack is too much. As his friends watch him in complete agony, they realize that Rat Kiley is “definitely not the old Rat Kiley [the friendly boy they know]. His whole personality seemed out of kilter.” (221). Rat Kiley was not acting sensibly with these visions of death circling endlessly in his mind.
As the end of the war approaches Paul is killed by enemy fire on a quiet day on the western front. ... ... middle of paper ... ...ne in the darkness;--I belong to them and they to me...”. Despite their trauma and despair they maintain their sense of loyalty and camaraderie. All Quiet on the Western Front is a moving novel from start to finish. It is packed with raw emotion and gripping scenes of war, pain and humanity.
Barker, with her insightful and direct writing style, succeeds in presenting a microcosm of madness that prevails during war. Regeneration recounts many vivid war scenes, and without drawing conclusions, effectively instils a feeling of vexation against the war into the reader. In presenting his grimly realistic version of a soldier’s experience, Remarque strips away the typical romanticism of war narrative in All Quiet on the Western Front, providing an unrelenting portrayal of carnage and gore. It is a novel of social protest; totally rejecting the war and nationalistic policies; and in doing so, successfully depicts the many horrors of World War 1. Works Cited Barker, Pat.
The Vietnam War was not like the movies he saw as a child; “the screams were real, and when men fell down they didn’t get up, and the sticky wet substance splattering against your leg was somebody’s intestines” (Ehrhart, 246). Although he had his family and friends around him upon his return home, it seemed that Ehrhart was alone in “The World.” Unless someone was there, they could not possibly understand the thoughts and memories he had to live with. The gruesome memories from Vietnam had permeated him completely; they engraved into his mind and would undoubtedly scar him forever. Work Cited Ehrhart, W.D. "Vietnam Perkasie".
They were taught the basics of the world of work, duty, culture, and progress when the only knowledge they need is how to survive. The author, through his novel All Quiet on the Western Front, attempts to portray the vivid horrors and the raw nature of war and to change the popular belief of war as an idealistic and romantic character. This is evident through the barriers placed between Paul and the relationship with his parents and the rest of society who still view war as glamorous and cherish his war stories as though he were telling them a fairy tale. The novel also attempts to explain the purposes of war and its uselessness in society. The ultimate question that Erich Remarque raises in his novel is what did a whole generation give up their lives and precious innocence to accomplish.
The guilt, shame and, regret fills the empty voids that are left within them. When going to war an individual expects to kill someone, although, the physical act of killing another person takes an emotional toll on a person. Various veterans return suffering from PTSD and without a cure. There is no definite cure for PTSD for the reason that everyone 's brain is different and every individual 's case is unique to themselves. “Moral Injury” can be viewed as a representation of what Tim O’Brien encounters in “The Man I Killed.” What David Linley went through changed his life for the worse.