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That is to say, war is still tragic because there is a no-win situation when individuals have to face
Tran hardships and extremities along the way. Despite difference in nationality, the narrator is conflicted with the act of killing another man:“This dead man is bound up with my life, therefore I must do everything, promise everything in order to save myself; I swear blindly that I mean to live only for his sake and his family, with wet lips I try to placate him--and deep down in me lies the hope that I may buy myself off in this way and perhaps even get out of this; it is a little stratagem: if only I am allowed to escape, then I will see to it.”8The tragedies of warfare caused extreme self-hatred amongst the soldiers just because of political, nationalistic issues. Throughout the novel, Remarque does an incredible job in displaying the transition of the characters. They become emotionless, tormented, and stressed during the troubling war. The audience is faced with both the heartbreak and dignity of these young men.Unfortunately, soldiers are brought into war thinking that war is supposed to be quick and celebrated. They are simply being brainwashing. They are persuaded to believe that enemies carry out extreme, inhumane acts to build the fear within the soldiers. Although it would have seemed to be a good reason to do this to the soldiers to fight in the war, yet, it was merely tormenting and demoralizing for them to believe this among fellow human beings. For instance, after killing a French soldier, Gérard Duval, Bäumer understood that the enemy is no different than he is. There is no difference between the dead soldier and the narrator besides language. Bäumer states,“This is the first time I have killed with my hands, whom I can see close at hand, whose death is my doing.” He became fearful and stressed by his action.
Tran Indeed, Remarque’s simple, direct style in All Quiet on the Western Fronthelps the reader to easily understand the true meaning of war.Remarque does not simply say that warfare is tormenting and brutal. His vivid details of explaining injured animals and deceased comrades can truly exemplify the violence and evil of war. For example, in the scene where the horses were crying, even for the soldiers, it was extremely agonizing. For Bäumer, it was “unendurable. It is the moaning of the world, it is the martyred creation, wild with anguish, filled with terror, and groaning.”9It was extremely unbearable for them because as the narrator stated, “we can bear almost anything. But now the sweat breaks out on us. We must get up and run no matter where, but where these cries can no longer be heard. And it is not men, only horses.”10Remarque represented this connection of nature and man. It was a way for him to illustrate man as destroyer of nature.