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Destroying Innocence A Day At A Time

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They are many ways to approach a conflict in order to find a resolution. For minimal actions people are often willing to talk about it, but for major actions the solutions to those problems are usually acted out by violence thus, the creation of war. For many centuries countries have been going to war over disagreements. However, it is not any type of disagreements; it is usually about the political beliefs of certain countries. In fact, World War 1 was caused by the disagreements of the European countries in power which were Great Britain, France, Russia, Germany and Austria-Hungary. Some of the countries had a difference of opinion concerning political values on ruling the country. Some ...view middle of the document...

The story begins with Paul and his friends enlisting voluntarily after listening to speeches from their teacher Kantorek, but they soon realised that life as an army man is not easy and enjoyable. Corporal Himmeltoss treats them severely to insure that they are capable of acting efficiently. He describes the life they will live once they are on the Front. Furthermore, they don’t feel like they are living in honour fighting for their country, but they are also living in complete terror since they have seen their first death and bombardment. Living in the trenches was awful as well. They had to survive by eating off rats and when a soldier died there was no funeral. They had to toss the body on the side after taking the weapons they needed. The soldiers also took some of their clothing to replace their old ones; if their boots were used up, they took another pair from someone who passed in battle. For example, Kemmerich was dying of gangrene which is the loss of body tissues caused my severe injuries, and Müller wanted his boots. Remarque wrote at the beginning of his novel:
This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped its shells, were destroyed by the war.
(Remarque Introduction)

Remarque explains that during the war, the soldier will not be happy facing death every single day of his life until his duty is over. He also explains that the experience of fighting at the front will transform the people. The innocence’s of the men going to war completely disappears while fighting at war. We can see these drastic changes within Paul who was first excited to join the war, but upon his experiences he was longing for the day to leave. Facing death and living in complete fright destroyed the soldier’s lives. Paul saw during a bombardment men getting blown apart and rats feasting on the corpses. He realized in order to survive the warm, the men had to transform and act like animals. The author had faced these brutalities during the war; being injured five times by the war. Like Paul, he was enlisted in the army at the age of 18 with a different perspective. Remarque shows the readers the difficulties of war upon the men and the physical struggles that occurred during battle at the front. Erich Maria Remarque was also able to introduce various types of violent techniques used in the war by the enemies.
Furthermore, All Quiet on the Western Front shows the various methods of assault. World War 1 was the change of era; the women went to work in the factories while the men went to war. Also, there was the development of new machinery to make the job more efficient for the soldiers. There were the tanks which was a reliable source of transportation for the trenches because of its shape and of the caterpillar tracks. Also, the tank carried a machine gun...

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