All Quiet on the Western Front

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All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Remarque Bang, clash, boom; these are the sounds of gunshot, swords clashing together, and bombs being released on the enemy. Smoke clears the air as silence spreads over the battle field. It is a quiet day on the western front, and everything is still. Erich Maria Remarque describes the novel All Quiet on the Western Front as being a quiet place although death plays a major part. In the beginning, before Kemmerich’s death, everyone was happy and hopeful for the war. In school, all of the boys were excited and anticipating the start of the war. They were eager to enlist in the war, and they believed that this was a great honor. The Author of All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque illustrates this on page 3 when he says Muller still carries books around dreaming about school and Leer fantasizes about girls. The Author is portraying a period of time in the young men’s lives where they are still naïve about the trappings of war. These young men still believe that life will go on as normal and that war will not have a lasting impact on their lives. The soldiers continue to be happy and hopeful about their future. As soon as Kemmerich died it came as a reality check for these young men that the war was not as great or ideological as it first appeared. Little did they know Kemmerich’s death marked the beginning of lost hope. Paul becomes faint, all at once and he could not do anything more. This is expressed by Erich Maria Remarque on page 31 of the novel. This is the response Paul displays over the news of his fellow country men’s death. Paul’s display of grief is emotionally charged, but much different than his first display of his feelings on the war where everyone was full of pride and arrogance. Not only did the thoughts of these men change, but the deadly gruesome reality of the war gripped their thoughts.

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