All Quiet On The Western Front Essay

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All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front could definitely be considered an anti-war novel. The changes the characters in the novel subjected themselves to throughout the book allow the reader to view the negative effects soldiers went through during, as well as after the war. Anti-war means that you are against the war and leaning more towards the idea of peace. This novel showed the dissatisfaction and disappointment in each character once they begun to truly understand war and battle from first-hand experience. All Quiet on the Western Front had an anti-war theme in every aspect of the book starting with the eagerness of the characters at the beginning of the war and their transformation to
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His guilt made him feel that he should write to Duval’s family apologizing and sending them money, but he quickly changes his mind when his survival instinct kicks in and he realizes that it was either kill Duval or be killed by Duval. Again he must quickly “annihilate his feelings” and forget the dead man in order to continue fighting and surviving. Paul’s promise to the dead man “to fight against this that has truck us both down; from you taken life and from me? Life also? I promise you comrade it shall never happen again” (p. 226) proves that he himself is against war. Both parties are affected equally whether they survive or not they all suffer and have life taken away from them in a physical as well as mental manner. If the characters themselves are against war and the loss of life then of course this novel is anti-war because it displays the transformation of the characters from innocent for the war into experienced combat killers against it.
The humanization of the enemy also depicted anti-war in that it allowed us to see how leaders in political power could order war and gain all the benefits from winning, yet rarely partook in actual combat or felt the everlasting grief and pain it caused. While on the other hand these young soldiers were the ones who suffered and sacrificed all for no gain. “A word of command has made these silent figures our enemies; a word of command might transform

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