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is not just another controversial novel; it’s a significant book which highlights the atrocities of war and the comforts of companionship as the protagonists overcome dreadful situations as they fight to stay alive. Banning All Quiet on the Western Frontwould destroy a part of human culture. All Quiet is often seen as an incredibly violent book; however, the book is conveying a message that war is not the glorifying occasion, but a disaster that ruins society. The book devalues killing in many instances and does not show murder as glorious. “I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow” (Remarque 263). Baumer has lost all hope because of his experiences on the battlefront. Not only is he now displaced from society, but now no matter how
Pedram 2much he tries to forget the traumatic experience, he will be forever trapped in the disturbing mindset. With words such as these, which show that the author despised human conflict, one cannot argue that the book promoted warfare. One of the most overlooked themes of the novel is Remarque’s ideas of camaraderie’s importance to Paul and his friends. Many strongly criticize All Quiet on the Western Frontbecause of its violence and graphic descriptions of murder. However, many also seem to ignore the morals and principles it conveys. “Do I walk? Have I feet still? I raise my eyes, I let them