All Quiet on the Western Front - Use of Language.odt - Language in\"All Quiet on the Western Front ENG 112 Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the

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Language in "All Quiet on the Western Front" ENG 112 Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, set in World War I, centers on the changes wrought by the war on one young German soldier. During his time in the war, the protagonist, Paul Baumer, changes from a rather innocent Romantic to a hardened and somewhat caustic veteran. As a result of this transformation, Baumer disaffiliates himself from the primary societal icons--parents, elders, school, religion--that had been the foundation of his life before being a soldier. This rejection comes about as a result of Baumer's realization that “normal” society—that is, the people who know not of what it is like to be a direct part of such a destructive war— simply does not understand the reality of the Great War. His new society becomes the Company, his fellow trench soldiers, because they understand the truth as Baumer has experienced it. Remarque demonstrates Baumer's disaffiliation from the traditional by emphasizing the language of Baumer's pre- and post-enlistment societies.

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