Analysis of 'All Quiet on the Western Front': The Real Horrors of the War

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All quiet on the Western Front is not just a book about the horrors of war, but the voice of a nation destroyed by its own ideals. Young men, bearily confrunted with life's difficulties, ended up meeting death face to face. Initiated by the educational system to know about the most prolific human discoveries, meditations and writings on the human soul, those men plunged straight into the abyss of despair and hopelessness. And if that hadn't been enough, the end of war brought not the hope they longed for, but the countinuity of disillusions and a persistent feeling of alienation. The book reveals the story of such a man, a man to whom war appeared as something incomprehensible and bizarre eventually. The man is named Paul B채umer and he is presented as a young German soldier fighting in the French lines. What makes the reading intriguing is how the author uses the Present Tense to make things happen right at the moment of reading, only to introduce some paragraphs at times as to imply that everything is but a memory, but a memory so vivid almost as though eveything happens right now. Paul feels that Kantorek, his schoolmaster, had pushed the unexperienced schoolboys to volunteer for war by giving them "long lectures". Faced with the reality of facts, Paul eventually realises that his teacher had been nothing more than another one of the "thousands of Kantoreks, all of whom were convinced that they were acting for the best in a way that cost them nothing". In the middle of
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