An analysis of all quiet on the western front a book by erich maria remarque

He is a former Regius professor of history at Oxford University, and was a foreign-policy adviser to and speechwriter for Margaret Thatcher. He feels disconnected from people he once felt close to, and he cannot understand the things that occupy their minds.

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Paul begins to see his enemies as people rather than faceless targets, a transformation that culminates in an intensely intimate scene of delusional guilt as he watches a French soldier die slowly from a wound he inflicted.

Start your free trial today for unlimited access to Britannica. He also represents a literary model highlighting the differences between the younger and older soldiers. He has an intimate knowledge of the workings of the hospital.

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The realities portrayed demonstrated how poorly prepared many soldiers were for the front, especially the new recruits who had little training and how, in many cases, lives were lost due to the inadequacies of the tactical strategies applied by generals.

There is also a fair bit of philosophising. These are the everyday encounters of a soldier on the front.

An analysis of all quiet on the western front a book by erich maria remarque

He is a former Regius professor of history at Oxford University, and was a foreign-policy adviser to and speechwriter for Margaret Thatcher. With its popularity came similar concerns in Britain and the United States about it being pacifist propaganda, though reactions were less violent than in Germany. The young men soon learn that the romanticized version of war that was described to them is nothing like the battlefields they encounter. There is no belaboring of the horrors of war, just a simple and understated narrative. During a period of such change, it's hard to know. While guarding a group of Russian prisoners-of-war, our narrator is overcome by the arbitrariness of the whole situation: An order has turned these silent figures into our enemies; an order could turn them into friends again. He eventually returns to his regiment. I loved the moment where our narrator and his friends swim across a river to have a drink with some local French girls, arriving naked because they couldn't risk getting their uniforms wet. We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces. I had never seen a Frenchman before I came here, and it will be just the same with the majority of Frenchmen as regards us. The two texts explore similar themes in condemning the war.

Bertinck is genuinely despondent when he learns that few of his men had survived an engagement. That is, on both a mental and technical level the war in was very different from the realities of the war which raged on in She was denounced by her landlady and a customer in for saying the war was lost, as indeed it was.

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The impact of the war on those at the front was undoubtedly life altering for the few who were lucky to survive, the consequences of which would be witnessed in civilian life for generations to come until the process repeated itself, arguably to a much worse extent in

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