All Quiet on the Western Front - All Quiet on the Western Front World War I also known as the Great War is the only war where we saw such a large

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All Quiet on the Western Front World War I, also known as the Great War, is the only war where we saw such a large international presence. The war involved the United States, Europe, Russia and the Middle East with the Central Powers fighting the Allied Forces. The Central Powers were made up of Germany, Austria, Turkey and the Allies were comprised of France, Great Britain, Russia, Italy and the United States. From the start of the war, the assassination of Austrian Archduke Francis Ferdinand, to the end of the war in 1918, the war involved millions of young soldiers that had no idea what they were signing up for. In fact, they were sold a romanticized version of what the war would be. The author, Remarque, having had experience being enlisted into the war in 1917 writes the book “All Quiet on the Western Front” as a critique of the romanticized ideas of war. Remarque states, “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.”(Remarque 87) Like all young adults, these soldiers were ready to face life head on but quickly found out the war was not what they were told and instead brought much despair. “I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. I see how

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