All Quiet On The Western Front

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Dustin Chapman Mrs. Smith English IV Honors January 10, 2015 Symbolism in All Quiet on the Western Front It’s no surprise that soldiers will more-than-likely never come home the same. Those who have not served do not often think of the torment and negative consequences that the soldiers who make it out of war face. Erich Remarque was someone who was able to take the torment that he faced after his experience in World War I and shed light on the brutality of war. Remarque was able to illustrate the psychological problems that was experienced by men in battle with his best-selling novel All Quiet on the Western Front (Hunt). The symbolism used in the classic anti-war novel All Quiet on the Western Front is significant not only for showing citizens the negative attributes of war, but also the mental, physical, and emotional impact that the vicious war had on the soldiers. Erich Remarque was born on July 22, 1898, in Osnabrück, Germany, and he was the only son among Peter Franz Remark and Anna Maria Remark’s three children. During Remarque’s childhood, his family had to move at least eleven times due to the lack of money that they had. For an outlet, Remarque began writing somewhere between the age of sixteen or seventeen. Shortly after he began writing, he started college at the University of Münster, where he was planning on majoring in education to become an elementary school teacher. During his studies, he was drafted into the

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