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Erich Maria Remarque

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all-quiet-on-the-western front-erich-maria-remarqueSources: Encyclopaedia Britannica,, Smithsonian Magazine, Yale UniversityCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Author, Epigraphgeneration of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war.SymbolsKemmerichs BootsHanded down from soldier to soldier after each one dies; symbolize the boots lasting longer than soldiers’ livesButterfliesProvide a natural contrast to human-made objects; represent how fragile lives can beThe German-born army veteran served on the Western Front in World War I and was wounded several times. His experiences had a lasting effect on him and his writing, leading to what many critics have called the greatest antiwar novel of the 20th century: All Quiet on the Western Front.ERICH MARIA REMARQUE1898–1970AuthorAll Quiet on the Western Frontby the NumbersSequels written (The Road Back)1Languages into which the novel was translated in its first 18 months in print22Oscars won by the 1930 film adaptation (Best Picture and Best Director)2Year the Nazis had the book publicly burned as "degenerate1933Main CharactersStanislaus "Kat" KatczinskySoldier; clever and resourcefulMüllerSoldier; practical and unsentimentalCorporal HimmelstossBootcamp instructor; cruel and abusiveAlbert KroppSoldier; analytical and independentKantorekSchoolteacher; authoritative and patrioticTjadenSoldier; shy and vengefulPaul BäumerYoung, disillusioned narrator who goes to warPatriotismPatriotism is turned on its head as the soldiers question why they are fighting.Modern WarfareSoldiers who survive the physical horrors of chemical and trench warfare are left with permanent emotional scars.Told through the eyes of German soldier Paul Bäumer, All Quiet on the Western Front vividly portrays the nature of wartime cruelty with its descriptions of trench warfare and violence. During World War I, Bäumer and his fellow soldiers start as excited, patriotic young men but end disillusioned and psychologically scarred.What Is War Good For?THEMESThe Lost GenerationMillions were killed in war, and countless others experienced a psychological toll that left them feeling lost after the war.Erich Maria Remarque1929GermanNovelAuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageAll Quiet on the Western FrontWar Literature

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