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Commentary On Erich Maria Remarque´S All Quiet In The Western Front

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In “all quite on western front,” Erich Maria Remarque tells the a story of six young German men who volunteer in World War I, at the age of eighteen. This novel was published in 1929. Remarque himself fought in World War I, but he only endured one month after obtaining of several injuries. He spent rest of the war in the hospital where he had some realization about the nature of war. This novel is told from the point of view on one young soldier named, Paul Baumer. Baumer is an attentive soldier, discloses how life really was really on the war front. Through the character of Baumer, Remarque describes his fears, and experiences and what he went through as a soldier in the war. This novel gives, us a different observation of how World War I, was for most of the people.
In the story, six close friends are persuaded to go to war to serve their country by their schoolteacher, kantorek. They go through the necessary training under the, malevolent sergeant Himmelstoss. The friends dislike the training. Their sergeant is very arrogant and tortures Paul and his friends, but after realizing his mistakes he tries to get along with them. After, reaching the battlefront, most of Paul’s friends die or are injured in cruel ways. Especially, Kat was shot in the head. Now, Paul’s friends’ no longer believe war is noble, and what is the point of going to war. As war continues, they live in constant alarm. They never know when the next attack was going to happen. This novel depicts the soldiers’ day-to-day experiences on the front, including violent scenes of battles, gas attacks, and loss of youth.
Through these brutal and traumatic scenes, the novel presents several themes, one of which is “Loss of Youth.” These young soldiers endure a lot, pain during the war. Most of the kids are only nineteen years of old. There are not supposed to be at war, they’re supposed to be in school and enjoying their lives. World War I has turned these young men into an experienced like old men Paul says, “ I believe we are lost”(123.) They constantly discuss how they are not “youth” anymore, but feel like old men at nineteen years of age. As the war goes on, the main characters see a lot of violent things happen to them. Instead of being home, they lose their childhoods to the war. For example, when Paul goes on leave from duty and returns home for short time, he feels out of place. The village has not changed, but Paul doesn’t know how to adjust to being home again. He doesn’t feel right being at home. When he finally has to return to the battlefront, he feels relieved and...

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