The novel shoes the misery of war and the everlasting effects it has on the soldiers; even Baumer cannot escape those circumstances. Before the war Baumer was a nice, empathetic, and gentle person but the war has him almost disconnected from his feelings. He becomes numb to the evil surrounding him. His friends are quickly lost to the cruelty and horror of war. Some died a quick death while others died a slow, painful death, showing the reality of war.
We are introduced to him as being “…afraid to go to sleep.” As this was the very first words we see- it emphasises the difficulties he was suffering from the realities of war from the start. The adjective “afraid” highlights that although he was physically exhausted- his brain was damaged from the war and as a result he couldn’t sleep due to the mental damage. Therefore he was worsening his health by sleep deprivation. However, within the last few pages the adjectives describe him to be “…happy and soothed…” Immediately this is a shock to the reader as these adjectives seem very ironic to what we’ve ever known Hilliard to be. It is evident the tranquillity and change within Hilliard- we can see how Barton has rubbed his optimistic attitude off on him.
‘This World War 1 novel is a story of powerful bonding among men. Using examples from the book, explain how Remarque develops his idea of comradeship in the face of battle.’ Erich Maria Remarque’s novel “All quiet on the western front” illustrated a very strong theme of comradeship in the face of battle. Paul Baümer, a German soldier who fought in World War 1, had very strong bonds with his fellow comrades, and would not have been the same, if he did not have them. In war, the soldiers did not get to choose who they got to spend their time with, so they gained a strong relationship with their comrades, particularly as they started to do everything together. Paul had many close relationships, but the main relationship was Stanislaus ‘Kat’ Katczinsky.
I think it is really sad. He has faced death, but he never gives up in the toughest of times. I think the death of this son hit him the worst out of all three of the deaths. In the book he really don’t talk about much because, he get real emotional about it and he’s not the person to talk about his personal life. There are a lot of happy things in the book, too.
Owen on the other hand, shows how the reality was quite different; the young men were dyeing and deaths in the trenches. I believe that Owen wanted to open the eyes of the reader to what was really going on in the war to illustrate how vile and inhumane war really is. The first line sets the tone for the rest of the poem "Bent double, like old beggars under sacks". He uses the simile "like old beggars" to show how the average soldier was not being treated nobly or with respect but like someone the lowest class. It also shows how the young, vibrant boys who signed up had the life taken out of them by the war and were becoming "old" before their time.
This simile is an important contrast of the information people were fed at the time of soldiers being strong and proud. Owen strips away the image of a glorified war to reveal the bitter and cruel nature of the war. The bitter imagery “Coughing like hags” and “but limped on” also develops the idea of these young man seeming old. Owen takes pity on these tired and weary soldiers as he describes them in the most unglamorous, inglorious manner. The statement “all went lame, all blind’, while being somewhat hyperbolic suggests that the soldiers had lost all previous objectives of war along with the line “cursed through sludge”.
The death of Biff's loyalty and obedience serves as a catalyst for the death of his once happy, American family. At the beginning of the play we see an ever obedient and outgoing Biff who has his life in check. He has a special connection with his father, Willy, and is admired by those around him. Biff is the star quarterback and ideal son that every father wants . Willy confidently boasts that, “Without a penny to his name, three great universities are begging for him, and from there the sky is the limit.”(Act 2).
All Quiet on the Western Front is a novel dictating a view of World War I from the German’s side. Paul Baumer was the original narrator until the final page in which he passes. Before his passing the book showed a detailed account of his psychological hardships. The book shows these hardships in many ways, but the three that stood out to me were his time at the front, dealing with the new recruitments, and the many deaths of the soldiers. In all actuality “the front” seemed to be the most difficult for Paul to endure, it brought about several pains that burdened his mind and changed his outlook on life.
However, he can’t bear to tell her the truth of her son’s awful, painful death. So, he uses Utopianism, explaining to the mother her son died a peaceful death in his sleep. Not the truth of his suffering, but just the way they would both like it to be. Even though this young soldier is trying to spare the woman’s feelings, I believe it is much better to know the truth no matter how horrid it may be. The truth is always more valuable.