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Cory Baker 11/09/10 TUES @ 10AM SECTION: Stefan Zweig: "Vienna: The Rushing Feeling of Fraternity" Why were European youths so enthusiastic about the war? European youths were so enthusiastic about the war because they felt they had, as a country, belonged together, participating in world history. There was a feeling of fraternity that took over and disguised class rank, classes and languages. Strangers were talking to one another and everyone welcomed excited faces. They had the chance to become a hero and they were being cheered on by women. Erich Mara Remarque: "All Quiet on the Western Front" What was trench warfare actually like? Was it glorious or miserable? Trench warfare was a very miserable experience. War, which seemed glorious, was turned to misery due to harsh conditions. Trenches were easily attacked, leaving soldiers without very much protection. There are rats, and also disease, making the soldiers vulnerable to sickness. The trenches make the soldiers panic and their unity as a group
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Unformatted text preview: easily is dispersed as madness sets in. Wilfred Owen: "Disabled" How did the crowd greet the soldiers upon their return at the end of the war? Please contrast Owen's description (after the war) with Zweig's account (before the war). The crowd Zweig presents is much different than the once Owen presents. Zweig presents a joyous crowd, although scared, very proud and happy for the war. The crowd Own presents is a very solemn one. It almost seems the crowd is smaller; maybe suggesting that the citizens forgot about their soldiers. They pity the wounded soldiers and only see the bad side of the war. There is an emptiness in the crowd, possibly due to the loss of loved ones or loss of the excitement that the war once brought. The crowds that greeted his return were smaller and less enthusiastic than those who cheered his departure, and how women no longer look at him but at "the strong men who were whole"....
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