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The Lost Generation

The Lost Generation - The Lost Generation In the autumn of...

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Unformatted text preview: The Lost Generation In the autumn of 1918, Paul Bumer, a 20-year-old German soldier, contemplates his future: "Let the months and years come, they can take nothing from me, they can take nothing anymore. I am so alone and so without hope that I can confront them without fear" (Chapter 12). These final, melancholy thoughts occur just before his young and untimely death. In All Quiet on the Western Front , Erich Maria Remarque creates Paul Bumer to represent a whole generation of men who are known to history as the "lost generation." Eight million men died in battle, twenty-one million were injured, and over six and a half million noncombatants were killed in what is called "The Great War." When the smoke cleared and the bodies were finally buried, the world asked like Paul and his friends why? Remarque writes his story to explain their reason for asking this question and why friends why?...
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