One of the greatest anti-war novels, All Quiet on The Western Front, was written by Erich Maria

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One of the greatest anti-war novels, All Quiet on The Western Front, was written by Erich Maria Remarque and was first published in 1928. In the novel, eighteen years old Paul Baumer and his classmates voluntarily enlist in the German Imperial Army during the First World War, after they are indoctrinated by their teacher with the glory and superiority of patriotism. After surviving training camp, the enthusiastic young men are sent to front line. Their dreams of serving motherland are bombed out by artillery fire. The Second Company, which Paul belongs to, inflicts heavy losses on a battle; half of the Second Company soldiers are killed. After couple days of the French army’s artillery attacks, the Second Company only remains thirty-two…show more content…
Paul doesn’t want to kill the enemy, but he is forced to do that by fear of death rather than patriotism. Paul was a mentally normal person. However, the war turns him into a beast, trains him how to kill, makes him become brutal and merciless, and lets him struggles between barbarism and conscience. In the end, the original purity of heart is completely destroyed. Remarque uses Paul’s experience to show readers that war can destroys young soldiers mentally. Paul finally has an opportunity to leave the front to return home. He doesn’t know he is changed before he returned home. When he meets his families, he doesn’t know how to talk to them, and he doesn’t want to talk to them. When his sister tells him that his mom has cancer, he has no any sad expression. He finds out everything is same but he is changed; he doesn’t belong to his hometown. Paul supposes to have pleasant experience and countless conversations with his families. However, it’s opposite; moreover, he feels that he is a stranger when he is at home. His mom loves him so much; he must be died inside so he doesn’t feel grieved when he knows his mom has cancer. In the summer of 1918, he goes back to front again. The power of the enemies is too strong; German military inflicts heavy losses. Paul’s friends are all killed; He feels lonely and hopeless; he is ready to die. In October 1918, he dies, but “his face had an expression of calm, as though almost glad the end had come” (296). When a

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