Nick Gregory English 10b Mrs. Phillips 2/14/2012 All Quiet on the Western Front: A Brief Summary and Analysis In All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque tells the story of a group of youths through Paul Baumer, as he comes to realize the horrific reality involved with serving his homeland of Germany during World War One. Paul discovers many negativities of war and this changes him forever. Many aspects of war caused soldiers to develop serious conditions forever altering their lives. Paul watches his friends fight and die for their country. There was a serious story told about the character Paul Baumer and his friends in World War One.
However, Norman Bowker, never learns to move on; consequently, he ends up killing himself due to all of the guilt he feels. The ghosts of guilt that come from war have long-lasting, and almost permanent effects. They haunt an individual through their life, but it’s matter of coping, and letting it all go so that one’s soul can be cleansed. Tim was able to carry on with his life, but Norman was killed by the
Hardy portrays the emotions of the soldier using this dash; he shows us how a soldier may not know the true reason why he ever killed anyone, and how they must reassure themselves it was the right thing to do. Hardy also uses comparative techniques to portray emotive view of war. In the first two stanza’s he compares what would have happened if he had met the man he killed in a pup, compared to meeting him in war. “Had he and I but met, By some ancient inn” The use of conditional tense shows perhaps a bitterness in the narrators view on the actual circumstances he was in. The first stanza is very light-hearted, and happy, and the second stanza is very powerful and intimate.
Eight months later he hung himself the guilt of not saving Kiowa got to him. Bowker tried to deal with Kiowa’s death by having O’Brien publicly write about it and share it but when that didn’t happen he didn’t feel like it was fair, the guilt didn’t go away. Norman Bowkers suicide shows how the effect of a simple regret can have on a soldier after war. In the The Things They Carried by O’Brien, all the soldiers experience mental and emotional effects of the war. The soldiers all deal with love, loss and hurt before during and after the war.
He loved Martha more than his men, and as a consequence Lavender was now dead, and this was something he would have to carry like a stone in his stomach for the rest of the war,” (16). This quote shows that Lieutenant Cross felt guilty after Lavender died. He couldn’t focus on the war because of Martha. Another example shows how Tim O’Brian felt about killing the innocent guy on the trail. He couldn’t tell if that was an enemy or not so he throws a grenade without him even realizing that he is throwing it.
This was Chris sending his final letter to Wayne Westburg and this was the final type of communication Chris had before he died. This quote explains why he is a loner and how he had insane thoughts. Jon Krakauer explains Into the Wild with mind-boggling details on why Chris is courageous and noble in some actions but for the most part on why he is an arrogant, ignorant, reckless, and crazy young man. Chris McCandless is a loner whose insanity led to his unfortunate death on August 18, 1992. In reading this novel some people will find Chris is ignorant in some of his actions.
A common theme used throughout the novel was dehumanisation in which the soldiers were deprived of their basic human qualities and personality due to the numerous horrors of war they faced each day. Remarque manages to introduce and develop the theme of dehumanisation through such techniques as symbolism, imagery and first person perspective which therefore effectively engages the reader’s interest in the novel. In the epigraph Remarque says that he “simply try to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped its shells, were destroyed by war.” Ironically Paul and his comrades represent a whole generation of men known to history as “the lost generation” in which eight million men were died in battle, twenty one million were injured and over six and a half million civilians were killed. This also reveals Remarque’s hatred towards the war and how affective it can be although soldiers may escape its physical injuries. The novel is continuously in first person from Paul point of view which makes it seem more real and dramatic as we can see exactly how he feels at a specific time.
(Okay, I have not gotten back my mark for this essay yet, so it might be considered very bad. I am only putting this in here so that I can sign up. Use with discretion!) The character Francis Weed in the short story “The Country Husband” by John Cheever might be a very difficult character for the reader to sympathize with, since he did so many cruel and selfish things to the people around him. However, at the very least, his actions can be easily explained by the suppressive 1950’s environment that he had lived in for so long, his “brush with death” on the airplane which made him driven to enjoy life, as well as his family’s own self-absorbed nature that left him feeling isolated.
Anthem For Doomed Youth is a sonnet written by Wilfred Owen about the realities of war. Wilfred Owen was a soldier during WW1 and therefore understands fully the true experiences of war. He was against war and was appalled by the effects of war on people and their families. The purpose of the poem is to inform the public of the true realities of war and how young men where dying needlessly. This was because during war times the media would tell the public that the war going great and that the men where doing just fine, but this obviously just wasn’t true.
Wilfred Owen had a good education as well, but (unlike Rupert Brooke) he went to war, and saw what it was it was really like, the bad conditions, the lack of food and meaningless deaths, Wilfred Owen realised that the war was cold and cruel, not like people imagined it. This poem is very negative, and quite sad, unlike ' The Soldier' it expresses the tormented thoughts and recollections of a teenage soldier in the 1st World War, who has lost his limbs in battle and is now confined, utterly helpless, to a wheelchair. I think Wilfred wanted people to realise that the war was not as glorious and victorious as people thought, there were so many men whose lives were thrown away even if they did physically survive it.. Unfortunately Wilfred Owen died on the 4th of November 1918, before the end of the war. To conclude, these two poems are different in many ways (attitude, mood, tone, ect..) One was to encourage the people to fight for their country and go to war, one was to make people see that the war destroyed many men's lives, it had no mercy.