All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque Erich Maria Remarque’s novel, All Quiet on the Western Front gives you detail and insight into the long, destructive “Great War”. Quickly, romantic illusions about combat are disintegrate. Enthusiastic teenage boys convinced to fight for their country by their patriotic teachers came back feeling part of a lost generation . This novel teaches us what a terrifying and painful experience World War I was for those fighting in the trenches on the front. German propaganda spread throughout Germany like wildfire.
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.
This became known as propaganda and censorship, and were tools to keep the civilians spirits up. Propaganda is the battle to win people's thoughts and minds used by the British Government through the media by convincing the citizens of Britain that they would win the war while Germany was evil and bound to loose. By telling the British public a different side of a horrific event and not informing them of all the facts, morale was kept high which was the main aim of propaganda. If people new the whole truth of the war, then they would start to give up resulting in low morale, strikes, mutiny, and protests against the war. It is vital that when a country is at war it must have the support of its people.
In addition, although the government officials knew the consequences of war, they chose not to advertise the drawbacks in order to keep their recruitment numbers high. Once Owen comes to this realization and recognizes his own misconceptions, he uses his poetry to degrade the glorified perception of war and inform young men of its consequences. He makes it clear that, while joining the military and leaving to go to war may appear to be an easy and patriotic thing to do, war is an unforgettable and often disabling experience. Works Cited Owen, Wilfred. “Disabled.” World War One British Poets.
Introduction In All Quiet on the Western Front, Remarque paints a clear and gruesome picture of the horrors and atrocities of war and the effects on those who fight the war. He tells the story of Paul Baumer and his comrades who, after being persuaded by their teacher Kantorek, patriotically enlist in the German army. The glory of being a soldier quickly fades and the true horror of war is soon realized. As the war continues, Baumer begins to forget his identity outside of the war; the war has both destroyed him and defined him. A theme strewn throughout the novel is that that Baumer and his comrades were fighting a fight in which they did not believe.
The soldier's greatest struggle during war is not physical, but mental and spiritual. A war novel that gives its reader an insight into the lives of soldiers during WWI, All Quiet on the Western Front, written by Erich Maria Remarque, is considered the greatest war novel of all time. This book brings its readers into the personal life of Paul Baumer and the horrors he had to encounter as a young German s... ... middle of paper ... ...think about themselves, about religion, and about war. Sometimes, when a soldier gets too caught up in the war, he tries to hide his true feelings even though he is facing the biggest battle of all: with himself. Works Cited: Cobb, Humphrey.
Mary is accusing Vonnegut of writing the novel and saying that they were prepared for war because she thinks that he will glorify war by disregarding the fact that he and her husband were just young men not ready to fight in a war. She worries he will instead create characters who were heroes of war and show that they were ready to fight. Vonnegut answers, "‘I'll tell you what,’ he said, ‘I'll call it The Children's Crusade’" (15). He uses this as a response to show that he is writing an anti-war novel because he wanted to emphasize that they were not ready to fight in war and that they should not have fought in the war because they were young and unprepared. Another reason Slaughterhouse-Five is an a... ... middle of paper ... ... go down in that stick and work" (214).
By doing so, they will create a secure environment within the state and have loyal citizens that are willing to fight for the security of country, regardless if it is right or wrong. When a democracy finds itself in a problematic decision, it should choose to put liberty above the security of the people.When this is done, the democracy is retaining the core values in which it was built. Punishment and fear is does not necessarily deter people from rebelling, so taking time to consider the views of the masses is needed. It is true that too much liberty hinders security but by showing the citizens that the government is genuinely concerned, they build a better relationship, and loyal citizens. Disloyal citizens are hazardous to any society and during war, this effect is magnified.
Thomas Hobbs expressed his thoughts about the war and all of its effect. He stated, “the miseries, and horrible calamities, that accompany a civil war”. This made Hobbs inquire on the purpose of the civil war and how to prevent another one. At this point his fo... ... middle of paper ... ...parties, they would not lead into a state of war at this time. As humanity has become more educated and they have developed their own traditions, beliefs, and morals; it is only adequate to have a multitude of political parties catering to a different set of people with diverse needs.
Instead of returning with ruthless violence they have towards us, this nation should maintain its superior position and meet them with acts of kindness and gentle words “Negotiation, mediation, diplomacy—these would be the means of settling international disputes, not the sacrifice of human lives." There is no denying that war is induced by anger or acts of viol... ... middle of paper ... ...e, by declining to talk in those sweeping terms because it feels too "pie-in-the-sky". There will always be wars, no matter what, especially overseas. Segue into talking about why it’s important to protect overseas countries… “When nations send their military forces into other nations' territory, it is rarely (if ever) for "humanitarian" purposes.” People believe that our nation is a world leader, and we should help other countries as well as protect ourselves by doing so. It is important for the U.S. to send troops into another nations war only when there is a serious threat to their safety and wellbeing of its people.