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Michael Dark English 210A Professor Findlay All Quiet on the Western Front Remarque’s novel, All Quiet on the Western Front , transpires in the trenches of the Nazi Western Front, which is protected by the young German soldiers of World War I. Paul Baumer, the narrator, enters the war under pressure to enlist. He goes to the front line and learns about the brutality of war. Paul witnesses the extreme violence that defines war during his time spent on the Western Front. Baumer and his cronies learn to accept the war as part of their lives, but the pains of battle, which tear the young soldiers apart inside, never leaves. When these armed men return to normal civilization, disappointment strikes deep in their hearts as the ignorance of those not in the war reveals itself. The now savage killing machines can no longer relate to everyday society. The common populace knows not of the harsh realities of war, and for this reason they innocently talk as though the fighting and killing that characterizes the seemingly eternal siege, possesses some glorifying reward. "The people who have not been forced to look into the eyes of a dying comrade, whose legs have been torn off due to the shrapnel of a mortar, cannot sympathize with the broken hearts of the soldiers." (Howard 103). They only visualize a possibly strenuous battle resulting in few casualties and from which their troops emerge elated and victorious. "The soldiers on the front lines actually experience events, which scar their minds with thoughts of death and destruction." (Gilbert 439). Remarque displays these ideas of pain and suffering through ignorance, fear, and
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inhumanity. Remarque depicts the misconception of war, by capturing the unknowingness that prevents those not fighting the war, from understanding the truth about war’s hideous reality. "Ignorance, one of the many facets of the people’s general understanding of war, causes the formation of a gap between the soldiers and the rest of society." (Gilbert 243).
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