All Quiet on the Western Front Essay

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Nationalism: Nation or Self Nationalism is defined by Merriam- Webster Dictionary as, “loyalty and devotion to a nation.” Although nationalism is a great thing, it can be blown out of context and be used for ones self instead of a nation. Using nationalism during wartime can be very deceiving to citizens by depicting standing up for your country instead of the killing and horrible conditions you survive in. As seen in All Quiet on the Western Front, the war flaunts the concept of nationalism as a good thing, even though the underlying issue is power hungry leaders. To parade nationalism during war time can be destructive to a nation. In this book Kropp states, "It's queer, when one thinks about it," Kropp goes on, "we are here to protect our fatherland. And the French are over there to protect their fatherland. Now who's in the right?" When analyzing this statement, it becomes clear that he is showing that both countries have displayed nationalism and the outcome is fighting, killing, and destruction. When looked into deeper, this book portrays the war to be determined by power hungry leaders and citizens having no word in it. This book shows not only the governments role in the war, but what the government is doing to these innocent people. They put them out there to fight in desert-like conditions, rain, snow; then kill animalisticly. Not only does the government send these people out to die, they make it sound okay by telling them that they were doing their country a favor. Nationalism is a great thing; when you use it the correct way. Unfortunately, this book portrays it as horrible, when this can be a wonderful way to pick a country up from ashes. The people of a country feel there are only a few reasons to fight a war over. They may consist of, another country harming the people of their country. Another one might be if another country hurt an ally of

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