The Cause Of Death. Speaks Of Erich Maria Remarque's "All Quiet On The Western Front"

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Erich Maria Remarque's ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONTis a very interesting and true-to-heart novel based in the first world warwhere many men and women died because someone called them theenemy. The main character is Paul Baumer, a nineteen year old man whois swept into the war, along with his friends, not one day before he is outof school. They are sent to the front to 'protect the fatherland' orGermany as it is called. Paul and his friends go from this idealisticopinion to disillusionment throughout the book as they discover the truththat the enemy is just like them, and Paul's friends start being killed one-by-one. This novel is a gripping account of how war is most of the timebloody and horrid. The few who came out of this war were not the peoplethey were when they left. They become pale and emotionless, withoutfeeling or thought. Some killed themselves, they had experienced ultimatehorror, the horror of war. The novel starts two years after Paul and hisfriends first reached the front and then goes back and forth between2present and past. The main topics throughout the book is the change fromidealism to disillusionment, the loss of Paul's friends, and especially theloss of Paul's innocence.The change from idealism to disillusionment is really the drivingforce behind the novel. From young school boys, listening to theirschoolmaster asking 'Won't you join up comrades?'(11) to 'weary,broken'(294) men, idealism and disillusionment play a major role onPaul's decisions and thoughts. For example, on the second page of thenovel, Paul says, 'It would not be such a bad war if only one could get alittle more sleep.' (2) Later in the book, a disillusioned Paul says of thesame war, 'I see how people are set against one another and in silence,unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slay one another.'(263)Even though he has been in the war two years, the first quote shows howPaul's idealism is still strong. In the second quote, Paul sees the war forwhat it truly is, a waste of time, food, money, and young men. The scar ofwar left a deep gash in the mind of Paul Baumer.The loss of Paul's friends was a factor that increased Paul's changefrom a young, proud idealist to a weary, disillusioned soldier. When3Kemmerich, Paul's friend,...

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