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  1. Introduction
  2. Remarque's prose
  3. The describing the trench warfare of World War I
  4. Paul's statements
  5. The powerful theme in the book
  6. The constant sense of gloom and despair
  7. Conclusion
  8. References

Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front is a powerful novel about the disillusionment brought on by World War I. The book is written in first person narrative based on Paul Bäumer's, a 20 year old German soldier fighting in France, experiences and the fate of his companions. Remarque follows these young soldiers in their scavenges for food, moments of defiance, and amorous escapades, as well as in life or death situations- facing artillery bombardment, enduring the screams of wounded men and animals, and the dangers of no-man's-land.

[...] Accordingly, it is clear that All Quiet On The Western Front is an anti- war novel. The major theme is that war must be avoided at all cost because of the severe and often overlooked consequences it inflicts. As a whole, Remarque shows that war causes people to lose friends, creates worry and uncertainty, and is generally destructive; it even creates hatred among strangers. At times, Paul questions the reasons for being at war facing just like him, for Germany's ?glory and honor,? when both sides say to have the same objective. [...]


[...] All quiet on the Western front: A review Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front is a powerful novel about the disillusionment brought on by World War I. The book is written in first person narrative based on Paul Bäumer's, a 20 year old German soldier fighting in France, experiences and the fate of his companions. Remarque follows these young soldiers in their scavenges for food, moments of defiance, and amorous escapades, as well as in life or death situations- facing artillery bombardment, enduring the screams of wounded men and animals, and the dangers of no-man's-land. [...]

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