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1 Nomika Harris HIST 102 Professor Suszko March 20, 2020 Review of “ All Quiet on the Western Front” The novel All Quiet on the Western Front was written by one of the highly celebrated German literature writers named Erich Maria Remarque in 1930. In the book, Erich portrays the reality of World War I (1914-1918) by displaying the negative physical and psychological effects that were experienced by the German soldiers. During the war, the soldiers succumb due to the high-level physical strain and mental torture that they underwent. He uses various stories within the novel to show and persuade the readers how the war is nothing worth glorifying. The novel consists of a group of idealistic young men, who joined the German Army due to the patriotic speeches that their teacher gave. But as the soldiers were put into the battlefront, they were destroyed by the harsh realities of the combat. Remarque, with the first-hand experience of fighting in World War I, wrote All Quiet on the Western Front to display the reality of war and how it should not be viewed with romanticism or glorification. In the novel, Erich takes the opportunity to present the story through the lens of a young man named Paul Baumer who had just finished school when the war began. His classmates take the opportunity to enlist themselves to join the war as a German soldier. The soldiers underwent a number of brutal attacks, inevitable killings, and morally challenging scenarios. Within weeks of battle, a handful of the soldiers passed away as they were attacked in the artillery bombardment. Paul and his counterparts find the war to be not anything like how the schoolmates and the teacher had described, stating that
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