All Quiet On The Western Front By Erich Maria Remarque Analysis

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From the beginning of time men have been called upon to fight the wars. Many soldiers believed that the war had ruined them for everything. “We are not youth any longer. We don’t want to take the world by storm. . . . We fly from ourselves. From our life. We . . . had begun to love life and the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces. The . . . first explosion, burst in our hearts. We are cut off . . . from striving, from progress. We believe in such things no longer, we believe in the war.” (Remarque, 88) There’s always going to be war. With each war comes new technology, and with new technology comes new and improved weapons. In the novel All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque demonstrates the progression of weapons through…show more content…
They were often cruel and painful, and sometimes deadly. Many soldiers believed that some surgeons would go around looking for men to perform their “special scientific stunt[s]” on and would go “absolutely crazy whenever [they] can get hold of anyone to do it on” (Remarque, 259). This is demonstrated when “the chief surgeon discovers [two soldiers with flat feet] on his rounds, and is overjoyed” (Remarque, 259). However, these experimental surgeries were not done for the benefit of the soldiers, but for the doctors to build their own self images. “At present you could still walk, but once the old boy gets you under the knife you’ll be cripple. What he wants is little dogs to experiment with, so the war is a glorious time for him, as it is for all the surgeons” (Remarque, 259). “Nevertheless, some common characteristics existed: the urge to prove the worth of one’s own medical specialty for the war effort; the need to uphold discipline and morale; and the effort to deliver back to the army as many soldiers as possible fit for renewed service” (Bergan). The surgeons were trying to make a “name” for

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