All Quiet History - Michael Daugherty Honors World History The Lost Generation All Quiet on the Western Front Eric Maria Remarque has brought a unique

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Michael Daugherty Honors World History 3/10/15 The Lost Generation: All Quiet on the Western Front Eric Maria Remarque has brought a unique view of the horrors and experiences of WWI soldiers through the eyes of Paul Bäumer. Remarque shows his view of the war through Paul’s life in the German army. His idea of the “lost” generation surfaces often through many blatant and subtle passages in his novel. Remarque emphasizes his idea in the following quote. “We are not youth any longer. We don't want to take the world by storm. We are fleeing. We fly from ourselves. From our life. We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces. The first bomb, the first explosion, burst in our hearts. We are cut off from activity, from striving, from progress. We believe in such things no longer, we believe in war.” 1 Remarque uses many passages like this to give us a glimpse of his own involvement in the trenches. One way Remarque develops his “lost” generation theme is by exposing the purpose of war. Paul and his friends blindly fight a forced cause that produces many loses and few rewards. They ponder the reasons for war and develop some ideas. “…every full-grown emperor requires at least one war, otherwise he would not become famous. You look in your school books.” 2 They also bring up the propaganda stirring up the civilians which definitely doesn’t help. The recent 1 Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front , trans. A. W. Wheen (New York: Ballantine Books, 1982), 87-88 2 Remarque, 206
arrival of the Kaiser has made Paul and his friends reevaluate their views of the war. Another

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