Jack is telling the boys that Ralph is a coward and doesn’t deserve being leader. Jack is trying to manipulate the boys into thinking that Ralph isn’t the proper leader and Jack is trying to overthrow Ralph because wants power. This expresses that the darkness of humanity will destroy society for power and will do anything to get it. These quotes show that the darkness of humanity can destroy societies proven by Golding in the Lord of the
“Generals Die in Bed” shows that humans are totally dehumanised by war. Discuss. ‘Generals Die in Bed’, written by Charles Yale Harrison demonstrates the tremendous impact that war can have on an ordinary man and the dehumanising acts that this entails. It shows that the battle of war can test the dignity and morals of men and the emotional impact of this can further destroy that of comradeship and mateship. However, when all dignity and values seem lost, signs of their former selves can, and do return.
At the same time Paul’s comrade Detering went M.I.A when he came across a cherry blossom on the front lines and was paralyzed with homesickness. Detering was known to be sensitive as he spends most of the book missing his wife and farm back in Oldenburg. He essentially goes crazy and steals the cherry tree and within two days he runs away to never be found again. He walks over the bridge with his military equipment left at home and looks up at the case that holds his butterfly collection. Implying the separation between his youthful virtue and the cold-hearted exterior he attained from the
In his preface to the novel, Remarque maintains that "a generation of men ... were destroyed by the war" (Remarque, All Quiet Preface). Baumer's closest comrades fall one after the other. The conditions in the German army are to harsh, they have no food, ammunition, moral is low they could not keep fighting. An important episode in the novel is when Baumer is issued a period of leave when he visits his home town. This leave is disastrous for Baumer because he realizes that he can not communicate with the people on the home front because of his military experiences and their limited, or nonexistent, understanding of the war.
1. What attitude does Remarque exhibit toward World War I? Does he condemn war or glorify it? Erich Remarque’s novel All Quiet on the Western Front absolutely condemns war. The entire story is a constant reminder of the true horror that young soldiers on every side of the fight face each and every moment while at war.
"He fell on a day that was... All quiet on the Western Front. He had fallen forward and lay on the earth as though sleeping. "(p.296) He has been through such agony with his fellow comrades dying, and the horrors of the war, but yet he dies on the quietest day of the war. Paul has been in the war nearly from the beginning, and he has survived a host of battles on the front line even while seeing many of his fellow soldiers die. Throughout the novel, Paul slowly loses his hope that he will ever get out of the war alive, and he begins to think that even if he does survive, he will not fit back into the normal routine of his community back home.
In All Quiet on The Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque paints a vivid picture of what life was like on the front lines in World War One, and the problems that arose in soldiers because of the traumatizing time spent there. In no part of the book are the issues that the soldiers face more evident than when Paul returns back to his home while he is on leave. His time at home is uncomfortable and depressing, for he discovers that the war has taken his youth and his ability to live out the rest of his life normally. When Paul goes back to his hometown on leave, he is miserable and surrounded by ignorant citizens who have no idea what life on the front lines is like. Paul is sacrificing his life daily for these people, yet they cannot sympathize with anything he is going through.
He was never waving to the people that passed in and out of his life, but crying for help all along. In the first verse both physical and emotional isolation are explored with the imagery of a drowned man. The first line, “Nobody heard him”, introduces the physical isolation of the man as he was so far away no one could hear, but also could mean that no one was listening and understanding him, he was isolated by having no one to turn to. There is a confusion of tenses, “the dead man…lay moaning”, however, the poet is using the dead man as a symbol for her own feelings of loneliness. The man really wanted to be helped; he wanted to be heard, especially in his time or urgent need.
Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen were both soldier poets during World War I, and wrote about the horrific events of the Great War. In Sassoon’s poem “They” and Owen’s famous poem “Dulce et Decorum Est”, the respective authors deconstruct and critique the glorification of war by the Catholic Church and society through the use of vivid imagery of battle and its effect on soldiers. Sassoon’s “They” attacks the Catholic Church and its beliefs that war is not only righteous, but endorsed by God. This contrast in beliefs is made very clear by the caesura and the line break between the two speakers: the Bishop and the soldiers. The Bishop is convinced that the soldiers fighting the war are combating evil in the name of God.