• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"All Quiet on the Western Front".

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Essay "All Quiet on the Western Front" War and Death World War 1, the Great War of 1914 - 1918 brought about losses of great number. All Quiet on the Western Front is an account of German soldiers during the war thought to be 'the war to end all wars'. It covers the horror and disruption that this war brought to life through the eyes of a 19-year-old German solider, Paul Baumer. The major theme of the movie was to show the disruption and terror of war and this is portrayed through the carnage, gore and death. Paul Baumer and his fellow soldiers entice into the army with glowing enthusiasm thinking war was a lofty, manly way of defining oneself. Soon they realize that war was not about being noble - it is no more than death and destruction. The death that surrounds the soldiers shatters the innocence and youth they have in them. War can be seen as a synonym of death, an event of horror that only the soldiers see the truth of. The overriding theme of All Quiet on the Western Front is the terrible brutality and death of war. War at times is seen to bring glory, honour, patriotic duty, and adventure. All Quiet on the Western Front depicts war as it should be, replacing the picture of glory and heroism with what it really is - death. ...read more.

Middle

"The first bomb, the first explosion, burst in our hearts." Baumer and his classmates knew nothing except the environment of hopeful youth and they came to a premature maturity with the war. The film portrays the lives of the soldiers in the trenches in the Great War who found no glory on the battlefield, meeting only death and disillusionment. The soldiers enter the war not even knowing what the reason for war is. This is evident when the soldiers discuss what they think the nature of war is. One of the soldiers compares war to a "fever", he says: "Nobody wants it in particular. And then all at once, here it is. We didn't want it. The English didn't want it. And here we are fighting." The soldiers enlist into war with heroic thoughts on their mind not realizing that they are placing themselves face to face with death. They did not know what positions they were placing themselves in. This is evident on the reactions of the soldiers to their friends and fellow soldier's deaths during the war. For example, in an occasion when a soldier tries to retrieve his friend from dieing, Stanislaus Katczkinsky, the leader of Baumer's group, stuns him by explaining to him that it is foolish of him to try and retrieve a dead man. ...read more.

Conclusion

All Quiet on the Western Front was a film portraying the pointlessness and futility of war, of soldiers in the trenches in the Great of War who found no glory on the battlefield, meeting only death. Towards the end Baumer confesses his gut reactions to war, he realizes that war is all about killing and death. Baumer said: I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. I see how peoples are set against one another, and in silence, unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slay one another. I see that the keenest brains of the world invent weapons and words to make it yet more refined and enduring. The soldiers become heroes, but not because of the ideal that the schoolmaster planted into them. They are heroes because they realized what war was actually about. In war it is a matter of killing or being killed, or of destroying so that one may live. In All Quiet on the Western Front the horrible effects of death and destruction during the war is portrayed perfectly. Scenes of horror and disruption show the main theme of the novel, opposing death and destruction. Furthermore, the soldiers are the ones who see the true horrors of war. War is a means of death, which is what it is all about. On the whole, War is Death. 1 Maryam Attia ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level War Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level War Poetry essays

  1. In the wars, Robert Rose is a very significant character.

    initiates Robert to join the army; because he could never forgive himself for his sister's death. Robert felt that is was his fault because he had not been there that day looking out for Rowena as he usually did. He felt this guilt eating him inside for the rest of his life from that day forward.

  2. Compare the Presentation of Attitudes towards the War in 'Regeneration' and 'All Quiet on ...

    Additionally, Paul and his friends do not consider the opposing armies to be their real enemies; in their view, their real enemies are the men in power in their own nation, who they believe have sacrificed them to war simply to increase their own power and glory.

  1. What Was Life Really Like In The Trenches On The Western Front

    French Army used 36,000 and that the British army used 25,000 tons of poisonous gasses. Poison Gas Deaths: 1914-1918 Country Non-Fatal Deaths Total British Empire 180,597 8,109 188,706 France 182,000 8,000 190,000 United States 71,345 1,462 72,807 Italy 55,373 4,627 60,000 Russia 419,340 56,000 475,340 Germany 191,000 9,000 200,000 Austria-Hungary

  2. "Poems and stories; official accounts. Which of these give a more accurate picture of ...

    This means that the soldier signed up of his own accord. This account was written during the war, so the reliability of the writer's memory is not really an issue. The writer does not seem to hold extreme anti-war views, as he says "some of them did not have duckboards

  1. Birdsong and All Quiet on the Western Front.

    Each novel describes the pain and anger of each individual, when they either have to become savages in order to fight and save themselves or they witness the painful death of their comrades. In "all quiet on the western front" B´┐Żumer and his companions witnessed a friend of theirs dying

  2. All Quiet on the Western Front Essay

    The treatment of the soldiers on the front shows the nasty conditions of the front. Throughout the book, Remarque portrays Paul and his friends in a small group that is not part of the enemy. "The army is never that good to us" shows how the army does not treat them well.

  1. Why is it so difficult to know what soldiers thought? ...

    The Germans had dug their trenches first so they had had a better choice of where to dig so they had better living conditions than the fench or British had. There was water only a few feet under their trenches so they were forced to put in duck boards so

  2. All Quiet on the Western Front, by Enrich Maria Remarque and Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt ...

    Most importantly, while the horror of battle, the guns, the blood and the severed limb, all around the characters have a shocking and devastating effect on them, there is perhaps a horror that is worse. Both main characters undergo personal experience that is the most devastating in terms of its the horrendous effects on their innocence.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work