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.
Another thing that was extremely important to Morrie was his family. Family is your moral support group. They’re always there for you. But, it works both ways. Mitch isn’t close to his brother Peter, due to a poor relationship in their younger years.
He is “cultured and rather insentimental man”. He does not reveal his emotion but “wept” when the Nazis invaded. During the Holocaust he and his son Elie become close and this gave him courage to survive as long as he could but unfortunately loses his faith and then got very ill after the “death march” and dies in the first night at Buchenwald.
The intentions of Erich Maria Remarque were fueled by one simple goal in mind, “to tell a generation of men who, even though may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war” (foreward). This statement really sets the tone for All Quiet on the Western Front and how a whole generation of men who did survive the War, returned home, but their youthful attitudes died with their fallen brothers. The brutality of trench and chemical warfare was enough to kill millions of men, however million’s more were destroyed by the psychological aftermath from fighting in the first World War. This story was narrated through Paul and his understanding of how the war ruined a soldier’s memories of home, their relationships with their families, and just simply
"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.
Although O’Brien is unclear about whether or not he actually threw a grenade and killed a man outside My Khe, his memory of the man’s corpse is strong and recurring, symbolizing humanity’s guilt over war’s horrible acts. Norman was right on the side of him when he died, after about a couple of years passed by after the war he was in Kiowa home town he started crying because he didn’t do anything to try to save him. In Fallen Angels Richie see’s how almost his whole team died he and Peewee were the only ones that survived, which emphasizes the theme of youth and innocence. In calling the novel Fallen Angels, the author implies that the soldiers’ youth and innocence are more important than any of their other aspects, such as their religion, ethnicity, class, or race. They wanted them to know what war is really like and wants to help them understand what is experienced.
Within the Clutter family the bass line was Mr. Herbert Clutter. He held that family together through his wife’s illness and Nancy’s scandalous inter-religious relationship. He provided both financial and emotional support and stability for his family, and existed to protect them. Without a bass line a musical piece falls apart. The chords don’t make sense, the rhythm ceases to exist, and by killing Mr. Clutter, Smith and Hickock made it impossible for that family to ever recover, even if they hadn’t killed the rest of the members.
Through the construction of the novel All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque has created a very effective anti-war novel. Through the construction of the novel All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque has created a very effective anti-war novel. It is not a story of bravery, and as the book states at the start, it is ‘intended neither as an accusation nor as a confession, but simply as an attempt to give an account of a generation who did not know what they were fighting for and how so many young men were destroyed by the war. The story is told in the 1st person for maximum impact through the eyes of Paul Baumer who describes the hardships endured during the war such as the harsh conditions, the futility for the reasons behind the fighting, the emotions towards the enemy, the killing of innocent young boys and animals, the disconnect with their own families, and the realisation that their lives would never be the same again. Remarque uses one of the earlier scenes of the innocent dying horses as a symbol of the loss of innocent young men who were torn away from their families.
This man was left quadriplegic after a diving accident and had been bedridden for almost 30 years. He fought a losing battle with government: he never received permission for euthanasia, and in January 1998, with the help of one of his friends he took poison. Another possible reason for the justifying of euthanasia is the lack of space in hospitals for those who can be cured and saved. It is bitter to own up, but this problem exists in many countries. Those who want to live have no chance to get the proper treatment while those who want to die cannot give their place to them.