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A successful text is one that is able to effectively engage its audience and maintain their interest throughout In order to uphold their attention an author may position the reader to connect to the text at the level of emotions and ideas presented Various techniques are employed in order to encourage a strong connection between the reader and the text and this style of writing is evident in one of the works of German writer Erich Maria Remarque All Quiet on the Western Front is the critically acclaimed novel that closely analyses the impact of the World War I experience on the lives of the millions of soldiers involved All Quiet on the Western Front is a novel that strongly deviates from the traditional war novels that serve to portray the soldiers experience at war as one of adventure glory and honour Instead author Remarque highlights the horror and futility of war emphasising the negative physical and psychological damaging effects it has upon the soldier Based upon Remarques own experiences of war the central character of All Quiet on the Western Front is Paul Baumer the young nineteen year old German soldier fighting in the German army on the French front He represents the millions of men who were caught up in the tragedy of the First World War He is the main protagonist of the novel and through his first person narration he effectively conveys Remarques own opinion of the worthlessness of war and the destructive effect it has upon a persons mentality Pauls narration is an important element of All Quiet on the Western Front and the incorporation of various other literary techniques including language and characterisation all aid in effectively engaging the audience by positioning them to connect to the level of emotions of the novel and the ideas presented First person point of view is considered the most powerful form of narration It is essential in gaining
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