All Quiet On The Western Front By Erich Maria Remarque Essay

2406 WordsNov 18, 201410 Pages
My theme is humanity’s need for war. I chose this theme mainly because I thought I could stick to this theme throughout the terms as I enjoy action books especially ones that are based on a true story. I also chose this theme because it is fascinating that war has been around since the beginning of human civilisation to WWI, ‘the war to end all wars’, to WWII (deadliest war of all time) and to present time with conflict in the Middle East. It is thought that 14,500 wars have taken place between 3500 BC and the late 20th century, costing 3.5 billion lives, leaving only 300 years of peace. From reading this data, I became interested in why people start wars and turn to violence. I thought this theme will help me answer this question. Text One: All Quiet on the Western Front Author: Erich Maria Remarque This book fits with the theme because the protagonist, Paul Bäumer, experiences the ‘real’ war in the trenches and feels disillusioned with war. He bitterly comes to terms that what exactly an enemy is. Paul and his friends become aware that the armies on the other side of the front are not their real enemies but are men who control the nations and ‘abandoned’ the young men to the war simply for their own good (to increase their glory, power, status and money). They come to the conclusion that the humanity 's need of war solely lies on humanity’s greed. One incident that shows this is when one of Paul’s comrades, Müller is killed by a flamethrower. He then realises that they
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