All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

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All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque was the war novel that changed what ‘war novel’ meant. No longer would war be a fantasy for the growing generation, but a real-life death trap. World War I came with many innovations to warfare: machine guns, poison gases, trench-style warfare. While these technologies were supposed to improve warfare, it made war longer with more casualties. In All Quiet on the Western Front war is not looked up to, it is looked down upon from the perspective of a soldier. Remarque stated that he wrote the novel to tell of a generation that had been corrupted by the war. Along with that, it is evident that the novel was meant to tell how the war corrupted so many, the horrors of war. Remarque tells the story of a new war generation and the horrors that ensued through the use of symbolism, imagery, figurative language, and tone. There are a few symbols that strongly represent the terrors of war throughout the novel. The goose caught by Kat and Paul represents the fragility of life. Life is simple and, in war, easy to be taken away. Kat catches the goose easily, and Paul and he roast it. Kat is more experienced than Paul, and catches the goose easily. The goose is a symbol of the simplicity of life and how, like the soldiers, it can be killed easily. On the front, the soldiers are essentially geese. Their fate is essentially left to chance, luck, and instinct. Another symbol is the pair of boots that has many owners. They are passed
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