All Quiet On The Western Front Rhetorical Analysis

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In the incredible book, All Quiet on the Western Front written by Erich Maria Remarque, the reader follows Paul Baumer, a young man who enlisted in the war. The reader goes on a journey and watches Paul and his comrades face the sheer brutality of war. In this novel, the author tries to convey the fact that war should not be glorified. Through bombardment, gunfire, and the gruesome images painted by the author, one can really understand what it would have been like to serve on the front lines in the Great War. The sheer brutality of the war can be portrayed through literary devices such as personification, similes, and metaphors. Personification gives human characteristics to nonhuman or nonliving things such as a coffin, and using personification can really show the sheer brutality of war. Paul at this point in the novel had been underground for a ridiculous amount of time due bombardment. He then chooses to crawl into a coffin to protect himself. Paul said, “But the shelling is stronger than everything. It wipes out the sensibilities, I merely crawl still deeper in the coffin, it should protect me, and especially as Death himself lies in it too.” (67) This quote Paul gives death human-like qualities because death cannot actually lay in a coffin, and Paul said that it should protect him, especially if death lies in it too. He is saying that this war is so brutal that he would rather lay in a coffin with death to comfort him. Paul the narrator gives bombs and artillery

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