All Quiet On The Western Front

2051 WordsNov 13, 20149 Pages
Erich Maria Remarque’s novel, All Quiet on the Western Front and Ernst Junger’s memoir, Storm of Steel, present the differences of the experience of The First World War with intriguing contrasts that spark debates between the two accounts. These texts illustrate real events within The First World War. Both authors, who are veterans of the war tell the reader their conclusions in post-war experiences and opinions. It is essentially two faces of the same coin. One, “All Quiet on the Western Front”, reflects the inner dialogue and self-reflection of the protagonist, while “ The Storm of Steel”, is a public projection to the audience. Closed off yet propelling nationalistic pride and propaganda. The divergence of both works is highlighted in the repetitive cycle of propaganda and war fever, contrasted by the issues of mechanical innovation and glorified warfare; this essay explores these themes while bringing them back to the struggle between the two main pieces and the respective differences and experiences of the protagonists. In both texts, it is important to understand the nature of society prior to the war in 1914 and the importance of raising “War Fever.” War fever and propaganda are used to inspire a nation to admire the idea of war in 1914 and World War One. In these texts we see the romanticizing of warfare and the creation of a specific type of pro-war attitude that is especially stark in “The Storm of Steel”. Essentially, these characteristics are obvious in

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