After all that Baumer goes through, he is left with the point of view that: war is war. It can not be defined; it can not even be discussed with any accuracy. It has no sense of feeling or personal emotion involved. War is its own being that is fueled by hatred. This is what Remarque’s purpose was in writing this novel, to show the disorder and chaos created by war.
The soldiers who were surrounded by death and lack of hope were lead to believe that life has betrayed them. In exposure owen displays how the freezing conditions of war left the soldiers with no hope and left them feeling futile. Dulce et decorum est is specifically about a soldier trying to save his dying friend but is futile in doing so. All these attribute and sum up the futility of war, the uselessness of war and how there is no point of war as it is just a cause of suffering and pain.
As Bertrand Russell once said “War does not determine who is right - only who is left.” No one ever truly wins a wart. The horrors of war are devastating; both mentally and physically. The horror is not only ever present during life on the Frontline, it lives on in the survivors guilt. I believe that althought the horror of war is represented in the soldiers, we are all too quick to forget about the feelings of those at home, the friends and families, and the effects the war had on them. The effects of war are prominent throughtout the Novels “Regeneration” and “All quiet on the Western Front” and is also explored deeply in Wilfred Owen’s “Selected War Poetry”.
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His goal is to tell the stories of the individual soldier, and his experience. The primary focus of the book are the realities of the war. Fussel doesn’t agree with the often romanticized, systematically sanitized and Disneyfied picture of the war. He criticizes the literature, news and other media that presented the war in better light than it actually was. Fussel opposes the notion of the “good war” and tries to make people understand that war was messy and very cruel, it was by no means a good thing.
Tim O’Brien’s book “The Things They Carried” epitomizes the degradation of morals that war produces. This interpretation is personified in the characters who gradually blur the line dividing right and wrong as the motives for war itself become unclear. The morality of soldiers and the purpose of war are tied also to the truth the soldiers must tell themselves in order to participate in the gruesome and random killing which is falsely justified by the U.S government. The lack of purpose in the Vietnam War permanently altered the soldier’s perspective of how to react to situations and in most cases they turned to violence to express their frustration. The men’s mission was plainly described by O’Brien, stating “If you weren’t humping, you were waiting…It was boredom with a twist, the kind of boredom that causes stomach disorders.” (O’Brien, 34).
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.
The Red baron realistically portrays the misguided notions that war is somehow noble, but as the story progresses the reality and horror of war reveals itself The works of Richard Gabriel and George Mosse contribute to the argument. Gabriel argues from a psychological standpoint. He proposes that throughout history, war has always been so horrible. In fact the ability of man to endure the psychological impact of this horror is so low that most soldiers that survive are in some way mentally damaged by the experience. Mosse argues that the idealization or romanticization of war can be traced back to how war is portrayed by writers and how it influences idealist.
War is now where the soldiers ... ... middle of paper ... ...; and to achieve national glory, spirits are broken repeatedly until the point where they only wish to die. The result is war, an outcome of the cruel and senseless world where violence is the backslash of violence. There is no glory here; there is only condemnation. The cynical words of Hemingway's characters are his own, the apathetic attitude of Fred is meant to represent himself, and the irony of the destruction on nature, is just one more reason why Hemingway opposes the war. Hiding behind his characters, it's the diary of Hemingway himself.
He leads the audience to loathe Weary for this idea and therefore loathe war for its similar values. Vonnegut uses contrasting characters in Slaughterhouse Five to discourage his audience from war by signifying its absurdity. Billy Pilgrim, Edgar Derby, and Ronald Weary all show varying negative aspects of war through their own traits as well as events in their lives. Occurrences like extreme suffering caused by war, the injustice of war, and the cruelty of war reflect Vonnegut’s views. Vonnegut insists war is the wrong way to achieve power.