Anti-War Novel Essays

  • Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms as an Anti-War Novel

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    A Farewell to Arms as an Anti-War Novel There are indications in each of the novel’s five books that Ernest Hemingway meant A Farewell to Arms to be a testament against war. World War One was a cruel war with no winners; ”War is not won by victory” (47). Lieutenant Frederic Henry, the book’s hero and narrator, experiences the disillusionment, the hopelessness and the disaster of the war. But Henry also experiences a passionate love; a discrepancy that ironically further describes the meaninglessness

  • The Anti-War Novel

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    just after the first global war, Hemingway delivers a subtle anti-war novel. World War I ended in 1918; A Farewell to Arms was published eleven years later. Although eleven years seems as if it would be enough time to forget, no time span can allow Hemingway to forget the effects of World War I. After World War I, Hemingway is struck with countless nightmares. Hemingway uses these nightmares and flashbacks to write A Farewell to Arms (Analysis 1). When reflecting on the novel, a blogger writes, “A Farewell

  • Why Slaughterhouse-Five Is an Anti-War Novel

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    dispute as to whether the book is an anti-war novel or not. Slaughterhouse-Five, the character Kurt Vonnegut explains to Mary O’Hare, is intended to be an anti-war novel, and he says that it shall also be called The Children’s Crusade because of the effect it had on young men who fought in the war. Slaughterhouse-Five is an anti-war novel because Vonnegut, the character, says it is in the first chapter, because it depicts the terrible long-term effects the war has on Billy, and because it exposes

  • All Quiet On The Western Front as an Anti-War Novel

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    All quiet On the Western Front, a book written by Erich Maria Remarque tells of the harrowing experiences of the First World War as seen through the eyes of a young German soldier. I think that this novel is a classic anti-war novel that provides an extremely realistic portrayal of war. The novel focuses on a group of German soldier and follows their experiences. Life for the soldiers in the beginning is a dramatic one as they are ordered up to the frontline to wire fences. The frontline makes

  • Views on War in Vonnegut's Slaughter House Five

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    Views on War in Vonnegut's Slaughter House Five Many people returned from World War II with disturbing images forever stuck in their heads. Others returned and went crazy due to the many hardships and terrors faced. The protagonist in Slaughter-House Five, Billy Pilgrim, has to deal with some of these things along with many other complications in his life. Slaughter House Five (1968), by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., is an anti-war novel about a man’s life before, after and during the time he spent fighting

  • Opposing Viewpoints in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

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    February 13, 1945, death rained down from the air on nearly 135,000 people, most of them civilians, compared to the 74,000 deaths caused by the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima (Novels 270). Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was a Allied prisoner of war during this raid, hidden underground in an abandoned slaughterhouse. After surviving the war, Vonnegut came home to the United States to become an author. Though he had published several books before Slaughterhouse Five, this book became his most famous and best-selling

  • A Farewell To Arms By Ernest Hemingway

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    beginning Frederic Henry, a young American ambulance driver with the Italian army in World War I, meets a beautiful English nurse named Catherine Barkley near the front between Italy and Austria-Hungary. At first Henry wants to seduce her, but when he is wounded and sent to the American hospital where Catherine works, he actually begins to love her. After his convalescence in the hospital, Henry returns to the war front. During a retreat, the Italians start to fall apart. Henry shoots an engineer sergeant

  • Goethe & Vonnegut

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    Vonnegut has concocted an anti-war novel that blames Billy’s health (or lack thereof) on the trauma of being in a war, but poor Billy has many problems even before the war. He seems to be extremely emotionally detached from all aspects of life. Yes, he gets married and has children, but it seems to be portrayed as somewhat sarcastic and unimportant. This is the danger of being unemotional in life. One of the strongest points proving Billy’s lack of emotion is when he is at war and essentially tries to

  • All Quiet on the Western Front: Destroying a Generation of Men

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    All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Remarque, is a classic anti-war novel about the personal struggles and experiences encountered by a group of young German soldiers as they fight to survive the horrors of World War One. Remarque demonstrates, through the eyes of Paul Baumer, a young German soldier, how the war destroyed an entire generation of men by making them incapable of reintegrating into society because they could no longer relate to older generations, only to fellow soldiers. Paul

  • Free Essays - All Quiet on the Western Front

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    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

  • Johnny Got His Gun Literary Analysis

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    The largest issue that surrounds war is not one about strategy, but one of morality. This issue is debated in the novel, Johnny Got His Gun, by Dalton Trumbo. This novel analyzes the validity and morality of war, as well as, the truth and reality of defending democracy. This novel takes a personal approach to the otherwise tactical and unemotional side of war. Trumbo writes this novel with a vehement anti-war sentiment that belligerently attacks the purpose of war. Additionally, this is demonstrated

  • Analysis of Slaughterhouse-Five Antiwar Sentiments

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    himself through the novels protagonists, Billy Pilgrim. He was pessimistic regarding the novel because he wrote, “It is so short and jumbled and jangled, because there is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre” (Vonnegut 22). However, on the other spectrum critics considered it to be “one of the worlds greatest antiwar books”(Vonnegut Back cover). The controversial novel was published in 1969, which was over two decades after WWII. The time it took Vonnegut to write the novel is an indication

  • Johnny Got His Gun Analysis

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    Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo In Dalton Trumbo’s classic American novel Johnny Got His Gun, the protagonist Joe Bonham is struck by an artillery shell in World War I. Joe was born in Shale City, Colorado and then later moved to Los Angeles. The book opens up with Joe thinking back to the time of his father’s death. The setting then changes to Joe in a hospital bed due to his devastating injuries; he quickly discovers that he is deaf and cannot see due to his bandages. The setting will continue

  • Literary Critique of All Quiet on the Western Front

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    picture of World War I to the reader. This book is the story of Paul Baumer, who with his classmates recruits in the German Army of World War I. This anti-war novel is an excellent book because through the experiences of Paul Baumer, I am able to actually feel like I'm in the war. It is a very useful piece of literature, which increases the readers' knowledge on how the war affected the people at the time setting. By reading this book, one is drawn into the actual events of the war, and can feel the

  • Antiwar

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    In the novel, Passing Time, Ehrhart experiences change. For instance, Ehrhart begins to realize that the war was a huge mistake on the government’s behalf. Ehrhart believed that the government shouldn’t have taken part in the Vietnamese war due to the innocent deaths that developed over the years. Many of the soldiers, including Ehrhart, were traumatized by the killings during the war. Ehrhart often questions the events that take place during the war. For example, when Ehrhart witnessed innocent

  • Loss of Innocence in All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque

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    people are often willing to talk about it, but for major actions the solutions to those problems are usually acted out by violence thus, the creation of war. For many centuries countries have been going to war over disagreements. However, it is not any type of disagreements; it is usually about the political beliefs of certain countries. In fact, World War 1 was caused by the disagreements of the European countries in power which were Great Britain, France, Russia, Germany and Austria-Hungary. Some of

  • Comparing Irony of War in Dulce et Decorum, Regeneration, and Quiet on the Western Front

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    Irony of War Exposed in Dulce et Decorum, Regeneration, and Quiet on the Western Front Many of the young officers who fought in the Great War enlisted in the army with glowing enthusiasm, believing that war was played in fancy uniforms with shiny swords. They considered war as a noble task, an exuberant journey filled with honor and glory. Yet, after a short period on the front, they discovered that they had been disillusioned by the war: fighting earned them nothing but hopelessness, death

  • Enrich Maria Remarque: A Militant Pacifist

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    The First World War was a horrible experience for all sides involved, no one was immune to the effects of this global conflict, and each country was changed in many ways. Erich Maria Remarque was drafted into World War I at age 18. In 1929 Remarque’s first book All Quiet on the Western Front was published. Throughout the book, the death and destruction caused by battle is clearly shown. Remarque's novel is a statement against war, focusing dramatically on the extreme effects of war on the humanity

  • The Anti-War Movement and The Hippie Movement

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    through the New Left, the anti-war movement, and the Hippie movement. In order to fully realize the accomplishments and magnitude of the counterculture movement, on must first understand the era preceding it: the 1950s. This was a time of extreme conservatism and conformity based upon the overwhelming consensus. The 1950 values of anti-communism, conservatism, conformity, and consensus took root in the 1940s as American began to reject the liberalism of the 1930s. World War II brought about the change

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    All Quiet On The Western Front In the gruesome novel, All Quiet On The Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque, tells a story of a young boy named Paul Bäumer that fights in World War I as a German soldier. Paul is the protagonist and the narrator for most of the novel. The reader can see, through Paul, the horrors of war. Critics agree that the novel is believable. “Paul's story is the realization of the horror of war…” (Tighe 60). The setting of the novel is in the trenches of the Western Front in France