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[Resolved] What Are The Themes In All Quiet On The Western Front?

The theme of this story is comradeship, as Paul and other soldiers had been in school together prior to joining the war. Paul, who was in the first chapter of the novel introduces the friends with whom he went to school before joining the war. Kantorek taught us long lectures during drill-time until our entire class went under his sheparding to the District Commandant. They volunteered. He used to look at us through our spectacles, and say, in a moving voice: “Would you join up, friends?” ‘(Remarque 110)” 😎 Paul and his friends all went through the class with Kantorek who eventually persuaded them all to enlist where they would go to war together 👍 Peers that Paul knew like Albert Kropp before the war realties to comradeship because they have both had to fight alongside with each other. [1]
Kantorek, a man who speaks of “Iron Youth” as a patriotic obligation and men like him, is exposed to this fantasy. Second Company soldiers discuss the causes of the warThese arguments show just how shallow patriotism is. While each side may believe in patriotically the rightness and merits of their cause, they can’t both be correct. Tjaden claims that it’s absurd to claim war is caused by one country offending another. The ordinary people in each country don’t feel offended. Kat points out the fact that most people in France or Germany live normal lives. “Now, just why would a French blacksmith want to attack us?” (p. 207). He concluded that only rulers can order war and that only generals and emperors profit from it. Gaven Blackman (Siping, China), last edited this article 94 days back [2]
Lamont Seals gradesaver.comTo add to war’s destructive qualities (see Brutality and war above), Remarque writes in his epigraph that the novel is for “a generation” of men, who even though they may have survived the shells were decimated by war. The German youth were forced into war by their nationistic elders, who have no stake in the cause, and then made into zombies from a too harsh war. Paul’s flat tone in the novel emphasizes his numbness. He often dismisses the death of a friend as something that happens all the time, which is true. The soldier who allowed himself emotions would either die much sooner or become mad if he did. Soldiers either take the war lightly (e.g. they bet about an airplane dogfight) or are pragmatic and not sentimental as in Kemmerich’s case. Paul says he will suppress his feelings for a while after the war ends, but it is impossible to deny that the pain he has endured. For their corrections, Michaelyn Ojeda (Bali, Indonesia) is to be thanked. [3]
In World War I Statistics, sixty-five million soldiers served in the mobilization. This is sixty-five millions men who were taken from their homes and families. World War I Statistics shows that 37% of the sixty-five millions did not return to their homes after being defeated. Most of those men were forgotten. A number of World War I novels were written in order to keep the soldiers’ memories alive. They bring out many interesting themes from which people all over the globe can draw. In Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front, readers see the prevailing themes of the horror and brutality of war, the importance of camaraderie, and the loss of innocence.One theme evident in All Quiet on the Western Front is the horror and brutality of war. All Quiet at the Western Front soldiers knew it would be difficult to return home if they survived the war. Kropp expressed: “It will go pretty hard with us all. It seems that nobody in the home is concerned about this. Two years of shells and bombs-a man won’t peel that off as easy as a sock….the war has ruined us for everything” (Remarque 87). Kropp understood that war’s images wouldn’t leave him. They would have been isolated if the soldiers had made it home. Because their loved ones and family members did not witness the suffering of war, they wouldn’t be able to understand. Soldiers’ lives would be completely different after the war. Baumer also spoke of how automated the had soldiers had become: “If your own father came over with them you would not hesitate to fling a bomb at him” (114). Soldiers are now immune from feelings because of the war. Their lives are shaped by their training to fight. They’ve seen so many things. killing and death They don’t have the time or patience to be sorry for all their woes (modified December 29, 2020 by Jowanna Orellana) [4]

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  2. https://www.studypool.com/studyGuides/All_Quiet_on_the_Western_Front/Themes
  3. https://www.gradesaver.com/all-quiet-on-the-western-front/study-guide/themes
  4. https://www.123helpme.com/essay/Themes-in-All-Quiet-on-the-Western-333678
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