All Quiet On The Western Front Essay

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All Quiet on the Western Front Almost 100 years ago every continent, every country, all the people and children in them experienced World War I. The novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, is narrated by Paul Bäumer, who gives his feelings and reactions during the war. He thought there was no point to return home after war because of how much he had experienced and all his thoughts about life had changed drastically. He says, “We are fleeing. We fly from ourselves. From our life" which means the war made them (Paul and his friends) change and lose themselves. They are not the same people they were before the war. In chapter twelve, Paul says, “Had we returned home in 1916, out of the suffering and the strength of our experience we might have unleashed a storm. Now if we go back we will be weary, broken, burnt out, rootless, and without hope” at first I was confused and did not quite understand what he meant. He meant if they survived and went home before the war ended, they would not know what to do with themselves. He thought if his classmates had experienced more of the war they would have suffered more and felt worthless if they were to return home. Paul was describing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which soldiers or anyone who has experienced a traumatic event experience today. PTSD changes the victims’ thoughts, opinions and perspectives on almost everything; it affects not only them but their family and friends. I believe Paul was afraid of this happening to either him or his friends if they were to return home. Throughout the first few chapters, Paul describes how ecstatic everyone, including himself, is for the war. At the end of chapter three, Paul says, “And an old buffer was pleased to describe us as ‘young heroes.’” The soldiers were viewed as heroes; this made them look forward to war. Before soldiers were sent off to war, they were viewed
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