''( Remarque 60 ). Remarque's purpose is to show that a meaningless battle that decimates everything around it including nature and the men within it. The contrast of an aesthetic creature to that of the atrocities created by man project the major disparities of life during a war to the life surrounding it. War is filled to the brim with men circumscribed by their own corrupted kill-or-be-killed mentalities. This also makes the reader contemplates their own existence and the fragility of life.
In Grendel, Hrothgar feels tortured by Grendel because all of his warriors and people are being killed slowly by Grendel. All Grendel wants is to make Hrothgar pay for what he has done, such as letting his warriors run around free killing each other and leading them into war with enemies. Hrothgar never worried about anything even though his own warriors were dying, and all he did was sit back and eat. He never really felt pain or cared about cruel things happening around him like the scenes Grendel observed. Grendel never understood why humans could be so monstrous until he finally learned they cannot be converted.
ColdMountain - Charles Frazier - Characters : their development and impact. 1. Inman is left psychologically scarred by memories of war and the ghosts of his fellow soldiers who have died fighting. The war turned Inman into a very violent person, one who is brutal and holds little regard for human life as he resorts to violence a great deal through out his travels. His meeting with Sara results in violence when he kills the three Federals who stole her pig and trashed her house.
However, shortly after experiencing the grim brutality of war, Paul and his friends have realized that the ideals of nationalism and patriotism for which they enlisted are simply empty clichés. They no longer believe that war is glorious or honorable, and they live in constant physical terror. Throughout the novel, Paul’s inner personality is contrasted with the way the war forces him to act and feel. In order for any solider to survive the extreme emotional distress that is inflicted by the brutality of war,...
Our faces change imperceptibly” (53). Remarque’s phrases “ raging war,” “roar” and reference to quaking makes the battle seem like a living thing, stealing the life from the boys. In the genesis of the battle, the men are very frightened by the exploding shells because it is relatively new. After a while, on the battlefield the men get used to the horrific acts of military conflict that tingle their senses and Paul explains, “whenever I hear a shell coming I drop down on one knee with the pan and the pancakes. And duck behind the wall of the window.
All Quiet on the Western Front admonishes both the horrors of combat and its dehumanizing tendencies by showing soldiers, regurgitated by the machine that is war, turned into animate objects incapable of emotion. One method that Remarque employs to convey the dehumanization of soldiers during war occurs in the constant, remorseless killing throughout the novel. This brutal murder demonstrates that the soldiers have lost all emotion they may have previously had. On the front, the men must be emotionless: they cannot have sorrow for the fallen, or feel for the ones they killed. The soldiers in the novel see grotesque and inappropriate images not seen ... ... middle of paper ... ...n the face of war.
Essay: All Quiet on the Western Front An anti-war novel often portrays many of the bad aspects and consequences of war. Erich Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front is a novel set in the First World War that is against war. Remarque describes the terrible reality of the war, focusing on the horrors and involved. The novel portrays an anti-war perspective as it brings up issues about the brutality of war, the narrator’s change of attitude towards war, the futility of war and the deaths of the narrator’s friends. In the novel, Remarque presents the brutality of war.
Upon reading Beowulf, the reader discovers Grendel as seen through the eyes of his terrified victims. King Hrothgar, leader of the Danes, fears his visits: “The renowned ruler, the prince of long famous, sat empty of joy; strong in might, he suffered, sorrowed for his men when they saw the track of the hateful monster, the evil spirit.” Hrothgar would dread the fatal nights when Grendel would dine on human flesh. The ruler understands that Grendel attacks his men out of spite and jealousy (The Two Faces of Grendel, 1). In reading Grendel and Beowulf, one can find many similarities in the way the events occur in the books, however because of contrasting points of view, the reader gets insight on the entire picture from two different sides. This allows the reader to better understand each book and its contents, such as their beliefs and the concept of good and evil, and acknowledge the ways the character Grendel can be described.
In the novel, Paul Baumer, the main character and narrator, states that the war is not fun and heroic at all, but horrific and gruesome. “While [teachers] taught that duty to one’s country is the greatest thing, we already knew that death-throes are stronger.” (Remarque 13) Wars just kill innocent, youthful men and bring nothing but trouble for the country. Men who led their own pleasant life before the war and held nothing against the enemy, died mercilessly just because Chance was not on their side at that particular moment. Franz Kemmerich, a close friend of Paul, has his foot amputated, and pretty soon afterwards, he dies because of an infection in the leg without the foot. Before joining the war, Kemmerich was an ordinar... ... middle of paper ... ..., they just died.
It was in training camp that they met their cruel corporal, Himelstoss. The men are in shock because he is so rude to them; they never thought that war would be this harsh. Paul and two of his friends are ridiculed the most by him. They have to lie down in the mud and practice shooting and jumping up. Also, these three men must remake Himelstoss’ bed fourteen times, until it is perfect.