Title: all quiet on the western front author: erich maria remarque published: 1928 challenges: literary movement reading challenge (modernism) manly reading challenge i am young, i am twenty years old yet i know nothing of life but despair, death, fear. Director: lewis milestone starring: lew ayres, zasu pitts, fred zinnemann. Of erich maria remarque, a deliberate, sincere and emotional narration of a young soldier of the front, a novel by erich maria remarque, is a stunning deliberate first-person narrative about the life of the world war i instead of depicting glorious battles and valiance, remarque concentrates on. The war novel, all quiet on the western front, depicts foot soldiers in the german infantry during world war i illustrating the intense violence and the characters in this novel do what they have to in order to survive, including taking refuge in a graveyard we were required to read this book for our. It is awful stuff, but the descriptions cast the sorrow into the reader's soul and the reader is standing there right with him i lived near kansas city for a most haunting were the mock trenches that showed the conditions the soldiers on both sides fought in i put all quiet on the western front on my.
It was first made into a movie in 1930, and then re-made in 1979 directed by delbert mann all quiet on the western front is the story of a young german named paul baumer who is drafted into the german imperial army along with many of his high school friends they are sent to the battlefield on. Erich maria remarque had his novel, im westen nichts neues (in the west nothing new) goebbles did not fear for any reason, all quiet on the western front is one of the most powerful books when the characters are in combat they are animals, but when they are behind the lines, they develop into. An analysis of erich remarque's all quiet on the western front by travis erich maria remarque was a boy of 18 when he was drafted into the german army on november 21st 1916 although the characters are fictional, remarque based them on people he knew, and the main.
For this essay on all quiet on the western front consider the ways in which paul embodies the sentiments of the lost generation as you trace his one problem some readers have with all quiet on the western front is the description by erich maria remarque of the graphic violence and gore. Erich maria remarque's classic novel all quiet on the western front is based on world war i it portrays themes involving suffering, comradeship their deprivation of sleep is obvious when paul baumer says, sleep hangs on my eyes (remarque 105) correspondingly, the young soldiers' lack. All quiet on the western front, erich maria remarque's celebrated 1929 novel, depicts the emotional and brutal in remarque's novel, kantorek stands for the many naïve and uninformed allies of the war effort because kantorek was in charge, he became one of the many potent characters in. Erich maria remarque had his novel, im westen nichts neues(in the west nothing new) serialized in the magazine vossiche zeitung in 1928 besides an incredible description of world war i battle, all quiet on the western front has a page-turning story line and colorful exchanges.
As the boys witness death and mutilation all around them, any preconceptions about the enemy and the rights and wrongs of the conflict disappear, leaving them angry and bewildered this is highlighted in the scene where paul mortally wounds a french soldier and then weeps bitterly as he fights to save. In the book all quiet on the western front, by erich maria remarque, paul baumer, the main character, and his comrades go through horrifying experiences during the intensity of the war paul was holding nothing back while being in battle with the men shooting at them with no feelings or regret. The battle quiets down overhead the recruit has defecated in his pants, and paul reassures him that it is understandable remarque deploys a dark irony as the soldiers use the coffins and mounds of the graveyard for remarque explores the long-term effect of war on soldiers, especially young soldiers. Erich maria remarque's novel depicting the horrors of the first world war, all quiet on the western front, known to be his greatest work, is a piece rife with every second on the front a soldier must fight against the physical threats that fly amuck everywhere to take a life remarque writes in a style.
6 introduction: all is quiet on the western front begins with paul bäumer's company at rest, five miles behind the front lines between langemark and bixschoote remarque says that this novel will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were. Erich maria remarque created with his novel all quiet on the western front an amazingly good picture how world war i was like he shows the world a life created by the front in a fictive character, that could have existed everywhere on the german-french front remarque opens the book with the. Chapter one of all quiet on the western front is the dawn of the greatest war novel in history in the first chapter, the in-depth scene description created by erich maria remarque virtually takes you back and drops you off in a time of war, conflict, and struggle major characters and their personalities are. Front, erich maria remarque served as a german soldier in world war i drafted in november 1916 at the age of eighteen, he was sent to the western the publication of all quiet on the western front brought controversy to remarque, as well as fame and wealth many readers viewed the novel.
As you read remarque's classic war novel, you will notice the incredible imagery and language that he uses to contrast the grisly horrors of wwi and this quote from all quiet on the western front by erich maria remarque shows the truth behind the war this quote perfectly captures the innocence. Erich maria remarque the novel introduces the protagonist, paul bäumer, as he is on the german line of the western front in the summer of 1916 he has just returned from battle and is eating a bountiful meal, for once—only 80 men of 150 have returned from battle. Throughout the twentieth century many breathtaking war novels saw the light of day, and i think we can all guess why (the two world wars) though naming one novel above all the others ones would be foolish. Character and values european and europeans in america friends and friendship social studies world history.
Erich maria remarque 's all quiet on the western front is without a doubt one of the most real adaptations of world war i and the effects on its chapter 1 the chapter begins with german soldiers at rest after fourteen days of fierce battle on the western front a double ration of food has been. Character analysis paul is the foremost character for addressing the novel's theme, the effect of war and ptsd on young men through this, remarque shows that the terror of the front lines can turn even the most power hungry disciplinarian into a frightened soldier.
The characters themselves are fictional but are based on the author's own experiences of what was remarque wastes no time in addressing the main pacifist issue of the book, but katczinsky are awaiting lunch five miles behind the front line the company had suffered heavy losses that day. Erich maria remarque's all quiet on the western front lays bare the gritty, gruesome and ultimately self-defeating nature of wars as paul baumer and his soldier comrades enlist and join the germany army in order to defeat the enemy, they themselves are slowly vanquished, first psychologically and. Erich maria remarque was born in osnabrück, northern germany and was sixteen when the fighting began he was called up for military service in november 1916, was wounded by british shell fragments in the 'third ypres' in july 1917 and was retraining to return to the front when the war ended. Erich maria remarque is one of the best known and most widely read authors of german literature in the twentieth century with the novel all quiet on the western front, first published in 1929, remarque attained world-wide recognition continuing today.