Finally, one day near the end of the war, an enemy soldier shoots and kills Paul. The novel presents several themes, one of which is “Loss of I... ... middle of paper ... ...ome aspect of war, from battling with enemies to how battle spiritually destroys young men. The one positive point of this novel is how friends cared for one another when going through tragedies and stressful experiences. It also portrays how strong a soldier needs to be, in order for them to be in the war. To sum up, Remarque wrote, “All Quiet on the Western Front,” to inform the reader about the unromantic and the painful reality of war.
In the beginning of the novel the young student was ambitious, but as time goes on Paul’s attitude toward life completely changes. In the beginning, he felt that there was hope fo... ... middle of paper ... ... horrors of war such as, his parents who still view war as glamorous and idealistic. War takes a heavy toll on soldiers who fight in it and in these dangerous moments anybody would have gone insane. It takes a very special type of soldier to be able to handle both the psychological and physical challenges that a soldier has to face in everyday battle. A soldier such as this must be capable of handling the sight of a mutilated comrade and not immediately chatter to pieces.
Wilfred Owen wrote these poems to highlight the reality of war, they were ‘protest poems’ to propaganda declaring fighting for soldiers as an honor. ‘Disabled’ focuses on a dingle victim of war, now disabled and in a wheelchair, spending his life in an institute, lonely and unloved. The emphasis of the poem is the tragic consequences of war, and the man’s pain and suffering evokes great empathy for the disabled man in the reader. Losing his legs in the war has robbed him of his masculinity and youth forever. The message of this poem is t... ... middle of paper ... ..., portrays the man as a hero.
Strange Meeting ‘Strange Meeting’ by Wilfred Owen is a poem about a soldier in war who makes contact with the spirit of a dead soldier. The poem begins with the relief of a soldier as he escapes the war; but then realizes where he was when he sees the dead soldier. The spirit tells him that joining war is simply a waste of your life. The poem describes the cruelty and harshness of war, and what it’s like to be in it. Owen’s main aim was to open up the truth about war and the horrific and gruesome reality of being a soldier, contradicting the propaganda illustrating soldiers as heroic, honorable, and proud.
All Quiet on the Western Front is a deep, multi-faceted story that, on its face, is nothing more than a tale of war. Examining it closer, however, reveals an in-depth insight into the mind of a soldier, manifested in the character of Paul Baumer. Over the course of the story, Baumer struggles to find himself as his views on the war evolve and mature. He comes to understand that what he once was and could have been, has been crushed by drill and combat. Baumer's change in outlook on the war that it is an evil done on society is manifested in two events: His two weeks of leave and his stabbing of the French soldier.
The reader can experience a more firsthand account of war by seeing it from Chamberlain’s point of view, who is not a professional solder. After reading this novel, the reader begins to realize what war actually means. To Lee, it is fighting for a way of life, while for Grant, it is the value of the Union and it’s dwindling future. The reader also realizes the hardships that come from war. For Lee, it would be not being able to see his family grow, while for Grant, it would be his struggle with alcoholism and depression.
The title itself reminds us that the subject is never again seen as a human, but just a disability. Also, the author purposely does not name the protagonist, just referring to the subject as “he” for others to relate. There is the universal quality as soldiers world-wide suffered the same pain and torture as the subject of this poem. The purpose of the poem was to warn the public of the realities of war and educate them on the falseness of propaganda as the poem was published before the end of World War I. Wilfred Owen joined the war at the age of twenty-two. During the war, he saw the worst of the battlefield and often wrote poetry to document his perspective on the war.
The dictionary defines war as “a state or period of armed hostility or active military operations”, but soldiers in Erich Maria Remarque’s powerful World War One novel All Quiet on the Western Front would be able to tell one otherwise. In the preface statement to the novel Remarque declares, “It [the book] will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war.” The soldiers start to be destroyed thoroughly as they continue to lose all hope, humility and any previous ties to their former lives. The narrator, Paul Bäumer, sees and experiences life altering events after he enlists to which he will never be able to regain composure from. He gradually becomes worn down and merely a shell of the twenty year old boy he was prior. Similar to Paul, each soldier from the younger generation slowly starts to be devastated from the inside out as they commence to lose grip on the reality they have once known.
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.
War has an ever-lasting effect on its participants and raises many concerns with everyday society. Remarque displays the horrors of war to modulate his readers into anti-war pacifists. One day, Remarque may get through to leaders and may very well cease any more world wars from happening due to his nefarious novel All Quiet on the Western Front.