All Quiet On The Western Front Essay

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In the written texts All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, The Bridge on the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle, For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemmingway and the visual text Saving Private Ryan directed by Steven Spielberg an accurate idea of the war genre can be comprehensively ascertained. Certain aspects constituting this genre are the horrors of warfare, comradeship which forms between soldiers with common aims and ultimately survival. These strands are intrinsic attributes of texts which accurately portray the actuality of past events and thus contribute to the war genre. They also reflect society by revealing human nature and magnifying it in the war context. Horrific images are frequently described and shown in almost…show more content…
It acts to display the evident confusion and desperation of the soldiers as bullets, aimed at them, are fired by the enemy. At this point there is overwhelming diegetic sound which adds to the confusion. And through the haze of this confusion, sights of severe injuries and slain soldiers are abundant across the beach. The horrors are not held back in this film, thus making an almost difficult scene to watch, but a realistic and true account of the actuality of a past event which is very striking to the audience. In addition, All Quiet on the Western Front has many horrific scenes. At the front there is an almost constant barrage of shells fired from the opposing side. In this the German soldiers have become a lost generation, as Paul discovers, who cannot recapture their pre-war lives. An example of horror is when, after a bombardment, Katczinsky, Paul’s comrade, contemplates killing an injured soldier who is mortally injured. He says, “Shouldn't we just take a revolver and put an end to it?” and Paul replies in the affirmative, “Yes, Kat, we ought to put him out of his misery." It is situations such as this, where the morality of killing is questioned

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