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All Quiet On The Western Front : Horroer Of War, Effects Of War On The Soldier, And Nationalism

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“What is it good for, absolutely nothing, huh, war” (Edwin Starr). The Horror of war, effects of war on the soldier, and nationalism are all themes in “ All Quiet on the Western Front”. World War 1 , is basically about the war that started over the killing of the archduke Franz Ferdinand.The war then escalated between 28 countries. The novel is about a guy named Paul and his school friends who were all persuaded to enlist to fight in World War 1. Paul and his company no nothing about what war is really like. They know nothing about the horrors of war.
What is war really like all together? What makes war so horrifying? The horror of war is throughout All Quiet on the Western Front. For ...view middle of the document...

No longer do we lie helpless, waiting on the scaffold, we can destroy and kill, to save ourselves, to save ourselves and to be revenged.”(Remarque, Chapter 6). Life in the trenches and Life on the front will certainly change a man. Fighting in a war can make you a totally different person. When you fight for your country it makes you feel like you are an honorable man. Giving you life for your country , is it really worth it?
Why are you fighting and what are you fighting for ? Your country , your homeland, the greater good?The theme of nationalism in all Quiet on the western front is the main reason so many people died for germany. Germany used the idea of Nationalism to persuade many of their young men to be apart of the war. They made it seem like it was for this great cause. Germany made it seem like they were going to be honored and never forgotten about. For example, kropp asks everyone in a sense what is love ? , Who is right for fighting for their homeland. “It's queer, when one thinks about it," goes on Kropp, "we are here to protect our fatherland. And the French are over there to protect their fatherland. Now who's in the right?”. ( Remarque ,chapter 9. paragraph.35). This example shows that nationalism can be spread throughout the world. Paul and his company were only doing what they thought was best for their country and there opposers where only doing what they thought was right for their country . Nobody knows who is right and who is wrong, we only know the ending to a sad war.
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