Changed forever because their mentality is destructed

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changed forever because their mentality is destructed and their roles in society will not be effective. These soldiers are no longer the same after the war because they have been scarred with the misery and wretchedness of war’s reality. Bäumer’s beliefs about the realities of returning home frightened him. When he returns home, he is without any goals. Remarque exemplified this idea that soldiers who survived the war will be devastated and their lives negatively transformed: “And men will not understand us--for the generation that grew up before us, though it has passed these years with us already had a home and a calling; now it will return to its old occupations, and the war will be forgotten--and the generation that has grown up after us will be strange to us and push us aside. We will be superfluous even to ourselves, we will grow older, a few will adapt
Tran themselves, some others will merely submit, and most will be bewildered; −the years will pass by and in the end we shall fall into ruin.” 5 Throughout the novel, there are reoccurring representations of comradeship and isolation. Through times of trouble and hardship on the front, the soldiers acknowledge and seek for the presence of their fellow comrades to gain comfort and ease. “It is a great brotherhood, which adds something of the good-fellowship of the folk-song…seeking in a wholly unpathetic way a fleeting enjoyment of the hours as they come.” 6 Being drafted into war at such a young age, these men are without any guidance of faith, worship, or jobs. These soldiers are unable to establish a place for themselves in society because they were isolated from it to fight in serve in the war. They are unable to create memories because their lives are affected with alarming deaths and constant struggle of endurance. Although they are isolated from society, these men form a strong friendship and brotherhood to continue to be sane throughout the warfare. Through tragic events, these men display great risks to help each other. When a soldier loses a fellow comrade, it is extremely hard to deal with, but as Bäumer states, “a man gets used to that sort of thing in the army.” 7 In essence, as the British philosopher, Bertrand Russell once stated, “war does not determine who is right – only who is left.” The idealization of nationalism amongst countries is dangerous due to the fact that it caused sense of unity that contained bitter hatred for other countries. Nationalism showed the citizens of the country that war can be justified, but that is not the case. The mass did not know the true realities of war, but instead, they were brainwashed and subjected by political entities and propaganda that war is glorious and considered to be patriotic.

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