All Quiet On The Western Front Literary Analysis

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The Reminiscence of Battle War is corruptive. Throughout the centuries, war has been nothing but a frightful nightmare. Many soldiers have had their minds demoralized and eventually lost their lives. Some of the most gruesome wars in history are the Spanish-American War, World War I, the Vietnam War, and the war in Iraq. These wars have led to a great number of deaths throughout the world. The reason why writers protest war is because they want to show how vivid and horrid war can be. In the fictional novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque develops a point of view on how the soldiers of World War I are destroyed by the war. To begin with, the narrator, Paul Baumer, and his friends are convinced by their schoolmaster…show more content…
This symbolizes that soldiers will eventually die at a very young age, “On the way we pass a shelled school-house. Stacked up against […] brand-new coffins. […] There are at least a hundred” (99). As a result, many soldiers have minds that are not attentive when not at war. They take their time to discover their surroundings and the nature of life, “I often become so lost in the play of soft light and transparent shadow, that I almost fail to hear the commands” (188-189). In conclusion, men should be proud of fighting for their country and war should not change who they really are. War should not affect how the world…show more content…
The poem, “War is Kind” written by Stephen Crane in 1899, is an ironic interpretation of how armed conflicts would be. He protests war by using irony, “Make plane to them the excellence of killing” (Crane line 21). The Latin poem “Dulce et Decorum Est” written by Wilfred Owens in 1917 describes what happens to the soldiers during combat. The reader expects that the message will talk about how battles are “sweet” and that it is right to fight for their country, but through imagery, the reader receives an atrocious and vigorous image, “If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs” (Owens lines 21-22). Tim O’Brien’s short story, The Things They Carried, depicts the possessions and necessities that the soldiers brought. The “because” clauses are stating the importance of each necessity and how it provides support to their survival, “Because the land was mined and booby-trapped, […] seemed much heavier. Because you could die so quickly, […] compress bandage… Because the nights were cold, […] carried a green plastic poncho” (O’Brien 1). The Yellow Birds, written by Kevin powers in 2012, explains his war experience to his high school friends. He proves he is anti-war by saying, “[…] there isn’t any making up for killing women or even watching women

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