They have lost their innocence. Everything they are taught, the world of work, duty, culture, and progress, are not the slightest use to them because the only thing they need to know is how to survive. They need to know how to escape the shells as well as the emotional and psychological torment of the war. The war takes a heavy toll on the soldiers who fight in it. The terror of death will infest the minds of soldiers... ... middle of paper ... ...as they dread wound and death.
Paul feels as though “[he has] been crushed without knowing it” and “[does] not belong anymore, it is a foreign world” (168). Other men “talk to much for [him]. They have worries, aims, desires, that [he] cannot comprehend” (168). His generation of men who fought in the war is “pushed aside” (249) as unpleasant reminders of a war the civilian population would like to forget. After surviving such unspeakable experiences the soldiers feel separated from everyone.
During the war however, the soldiers discover the trauma of war. They discover that it is a waste of time and their hopes and dreams of their life fly further and further away. The remains of Paul Baumer's company had moved behind the German front les for a short rest at the beginning of the novel. After Baumer became Paul's first dead schoolmate, Paul viewed the older generation bitterly, particularly Kantorek, the teacher who convinced Paul and his classmates to join the military. " While they taut that duty to one's country is the greatest thing, we already that death-throes are stronger.... And we saw that there was nothing of their world left.
In the words of Otto Von Bismarck, “Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.” Many of the preceding war novels to All Quiet on the Western Front, misrepresented or overlooked the anguish of war, in favor of more resplendent ideals such as glory, honor, or nationalism. The predominant issue of All Quiet on the Western Front is the terrible atrocities of war. The reality that is portrayed in the novel is that there was no glory or honor in this war, only a fierce barbarity that actually transformed the nature of human existence into irreparable, endless affliction, destroying the soldiers long before their deaths. The novel is narrated by Paul Bäumer, a young man who fights in the German army on the French front in World War I. Paul along with a number of his friends from school enlisted into the army voluntarily after being subjected to the continual insistence of their teacher, Kantorek. 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.
Even the death room I no use anymore; it is too small.” The men who make it through the war take with them mental and physical scarification from their experiences. People who have actually been through war know how horrible it is. Society on the other hand, while it believes it knows the horrors of war, can never understand or sympathize with a soldier’s situation. The only people who can understand war is those who have been through it so they can often feel alone if they are out of the military. Paul cannot even give a straight answer to his own father about his dad’s inquiries about war.
They are not at all excited or grateful to see their deceased war heroes one last time. The villagers know that they have not shown appreciation for the soldiers sacrifices. They have been living petty civilian lives, taking advantage of soldiers’ bu... ... middle of paper ... ...rth was a combination of traumas that he had witnessed during his exposure to warfare in the trenches. This theme is exemplified throughout “Frankenstein” by suturing the sufferings of both World War One and the Great Depression. The creature and the villagers suffer equal destitutions of despair and desolation while the upper class citizens uphold their status within a fragmented economy.
These soldiers didn’t have the freedom to manage anything about their lives not even the smallest thing; everything was planned for them by the elders. “Baumer is finally profoundly aware of the freedom he has lost” (Frida). These disappointed youths that were misled into believing that the war would glory, honor, and an act of patriotism were exposed to the truth of the war. It was the treachery of the older generation. Ultimately, it is the disappointment that makes the world of the soldier difficult.
Heller's characters are not there to inspire much sympathy from the reader. They are figures who are all entering death in some form or another. When a character dies in the beginning of the story, it is not a clear-cut narrative. It is more mysterious and the situation is not clear or determined enough to be something tangible for the reader to grab onto in order to lay out a cohesive narrative. War distances humanity from the soldiers, and Heller uses his satire to make his claim that War is the most inhuman act that is repeatedly seen occurring throughout his... ... middle of paper ... ...ath and those who promote it.
During the course of the war, Paul reflects on how the young men involved in the war have no future left for them, they've become a "lost generation." Paul feels that his generation has "become a wasteland" because the war has made him into a thoughtless animal, because he knew nothing before the war, and because the war has shown the cheapness of human life. Throughout the novel, Paul must face dangerous tasks. For example, in chapter nine Paul crawls through No Man's Land to gather information about enemy forces. While in No Man's Land, the enemy begins to bombard the Germans.
Along with the rats, lice, and dead bodies, t... ... middle of paper ... ... of “strangeness”. He eventually finds himself regretting his visit home because it only increases the pain. Knowing this, Hitler does not wish for his civilians to see or experience the feelings of destroyed home lives that war causes. He realizes that this would prevent support for another world war. Therefore, Hitler’s banning of All Quiet on the Western Front was performed for a myriad of reasons.