All Quiet On The Western Front

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In the beginning of the 20th century, as European countries were getting ready for war, people were rushing to sign up in what is now known as the Great War. The thought of war used to be romanticized by many because of how imperialists were able to win battles and take over so easily with their technological advances. Men thought they could go off, make a name for themselves, and then return home safely to their families; it was the ultimate romantic adventure. However, they soon found out that wasn’t the case. The war turned out to be one of the most tragic, all consuming wars in history of worldwide conflicts. The novel, All Quiet On The Western Front, depicts the lives of soldiers in trench warfare who, even though may have escaped shells, welre ultimately destroyed by the war. Paul Baumer was only nineteen years old when the war broke out in Europe in 1914. He and three others became soldiers with great eagerness and enthusiasm, which the war gradually took away from them. In the beginning of the novel, Paul would often write poems and the only things that really bothered him were the lack of sleep and having to use the general lactrine as a recruit. Later on, he says that he has learned better than to be shy about such trifling immodesties because there are far worse things to endure. All he had outside of the war were parents and girls; other than that, their life did not extend. Even the parents and girls had no real meaning to him at age twenty, because he says at

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