All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front is a war novel written by Erich Maria Remarque. Being a World War I veteran himself, Remarque was able to write the book from the soldiers point of view. In writing the novel from a first-hand perspective, Remarque was able to fully portray the emotional stress felt by a soldier. He was also able to establish a strong anti-war feeling, which is evident throughout the novel. In a small paragraph before chapter one, Remarque wrote that the novel “will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped the shells, were destroyed by the war.” This small paragraph is very powerful, in that it establishes that Remarque didnt write the novel to portray glory, but to tell the truth. After reading this quote, the reader would not look at death during a battle as glorious way of protecting ones country, but

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