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"All Quiet on the Western Front".

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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