scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,189
In his novel All Quiet On The Western Front- first published in German as Im Westen nichts Neues in January 1929 - German Author Erich Maria Remarque purposefully destroys the nationalistic ideas readers at the time would have had about the war He claims in his epigraph - This book is intended neither as an accusation nor as a confession but simply as an attempt to give an account of a generation that was destroyed by the war - even those who survived the shelling He presents the brutality of the First World War in which he took part through vivid descriptions of trench warfare and the changes it makes to the minds of the group of young German soldiers he concentrates on The novel centers around the experiences of narrator Paul B and his company as one by one they lose the lives which were already ruined by warRemarque also comments in the epigraph that his novel is intended for a generation of men who even though they escaped the shells were destroyed by war The generation he writes about is Germanys youth pushed into the war by their nationalistic elders who have never fought in a war In the novel this theme is shown through Paul and his classmates teacher Kantorek There were thousands of Kantoreks all of them convinced that they were acting for the best in the way that was most comfortable from themselves But as far as Im concerned that was the very root of moral bankruptcy They were supposed to be the ones who would help us but the first dead man I saw shattered this convictionPaul describes how the men have matured quickly under the pressures of their situation This made them lose respect civilians they previously held in high regard and so feel extremely bitter towards them We were forced to recognize that our generation was more honorable than theirs - they only had advantage in phrase-making
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA