Analysis Of The Book ' The War I ' And ' Cold On The Western Front '

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World War I, has been interpreted in a variety of mediums. One way is the novel by Maria Remarque All Quiet on the Western Front. In his novel Remarque’s describes the war as a horrifying experience, one in which soldier’s live in horrible conditions and are prone to fits of hysteria. A place where there is little glory to be had, and men do not understand what they are fighting for. These opinions contradict the description of the war presented by Ernst Jünger’s memoir Storm of Steel. The events that both Remarque’s characters encounter and Jünger’s describe are similar, both bringing attention to the troubles of trench life. The effect artillery had on the battlefield as well as on the soldiers. The pair of author’s separately describe attacking enemy lines in a similar way, yet they take two different interpretations. The points of agreement and the points of disagreement help to reveal how soldier’s understood their role in the war, and that there are multiple ways to interpret the events of the First World War. One way governed by passivism and the other governed by ultra nationalistic story based in German philosophy influenced Nietzsche and others .
Some of the differences may be accounted for by looking at who the authors are and the type sources the books are. Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front is a novel, where the characters are fictional. This does not make the interpretation invalid, considering that Remarque did serve in the First World War. He drew…
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