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Generations Separated by the Truth I am young I am twenty years old yet I know nothing of life but despair death fear and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow I see how people are set against one another and in silence unknowingly foolishly obediently innocently slay one another I see that the keenest brains of the world invent weapons and words to make it yet more refined and enduring And all men of my age here and over there throughout the whole world see these things All my generation is experiencing these things with me All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque is a classic anti-war novel about the personal struggles and experiences encountered by a group of young German soldiers as they fight to survive the horrors of World War One Remarque demonstrates through the eyes of Paul Bumer a young German soldier how the war destroyed an entire generation of men by making them incapable of reintegrating into society because they could no longer relate to older generations only to fellow soldiers Paul believed the older generation ought to be mediators and guides to the world to the future The idea of authority which they represented was associated in their minds with greater insight and a more humane wisdom Paul his classmates and a majority of their vulnerable generation completely trusted their so-called role models and because of that trust were influenced and pressured into joining the war They believed the older generation understood the truth behind war and would never send them to a dangerous or inhumane situation but the first death they saw shattered this belief The death caused the soldiers to realize that the experiences of their generation were more in line with reality than those of the older generation and that created a gap between the two While the older generation continued to write and talk Pauls generation saw
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