Politics of All Quiet on the Western Front

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Erich Maria Remarque 's All Quiet on the Western Front is without a doubt one of the most real adaptations of World War I and the effects on its participants that has ever been written. With its simple, clear cut, and to the point style of writing, it is able to capture as close to the true experience of the war as possible. Because of this, readers do not have to search through pages of fancy wording and over the top descriptions to find the reality of what Remarque is saying. War is not something to be romanticized—it is a bleak and devastating circumstance and the true experiences of the people involved should be remembered as such. Because Remarque was so blunt and open with the genuineness of these experiences, no matter how…show more content…
The soldiers in the book felt as though they were simply puppets controlled by those above them in rank and world experience. How were they to know at such a young age that the very people they trusted to teach them about life and the ways of the world would eventually lead them astray to fight for a cause that they didn 't even understand? The fact that this book acknowledged this question and raised eyebrows around the world about the validity of German military and political leaders, as well as nationalists in general, rubbed many Germans the wrong way. They understandably did not want to be seen as a country that forced millions of unprepared and unknowing boys into a war they didn 't support that would eventually cause them to lose their livelihoods, if not their life entirely. To add to German feelings of disgust towards the novel, characters such as Corporal Himmelstoss, the boys ' training camp officer, represented the fact that during World War 1, anyone who was given power would abuse it, and the less important they were before the war, the more cruel and tyrannical they would become with power. He was the epitome of this pointless abuse. He represents the meanest, most disgusting aspects of humanity drawn out by war, which obviously reflected extremely poorly on the image of German officers. Not only was he cruel, but he also poorly trained those under his command,
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