All Quiet on the Western Front – Book Review

All Quiet on the Western Front is a book written by Erich Maria Remarkque. It was a book written to reflect the human cost of war. It shows us how war has a hidden face that most people do not see until it is too late. In the novel, he describes a group of young people who at first think that war is glorious. But as the war drags on, the group discovers how the war is not all it claims to be. As the war progressed, they saw their friends die or be permanently wounded. Then the end comes when there is only one person left.

All Quiet on the Western Front takes place in Germany, where a group of young people are encouraged to join the army. Thinking it would be a great adventure, they enlisted, not knowing the fate that awaited them. At first, the group is sent to training. They are not in a bad mood, thinking that the conditions of the war are not as bad as in reality. When the boys are sent to the front, it is only then that they begin to realize that the war is not great. This is when the boys huddle in the trenches. Some of the soldiers suffered electric shocks from the constant bombardment. When one of the children was injured, they took him to a hospital where there were many wounded soldiers. Some soldiers had to amputate parts of their bodies in order to survive. When Kemmerich was in the hospital, Müller asked for his pair of boots. The boots were a visible reminder to the boys of the cost of war. Paul then has to face his own conscience when he kills one of the French. He does not see the face of an enemy, but only the face of another human being. He tries to console himself by promising to help the fallen soldier’s family. After Paul is relieved from the front line, he decides to go on leave and return home. But when he tries to tell everyone about the horrible conditions in the trenches, everyone laughs at him or calls him a coward. Paul returns before his leave is up, wishing he’d never come home. In the end, when Paul loses Kat, Paul realizes that the war has destroyed his way of life. He has lost all his friends and has nothing to return to.

There were many symbols and images in All Quiet on the Western Front. Examples of this include the pair of boots and the constant need for companionship. The pair of boots and the fact that they were distributed so frequently tells us that death was a very common occurrence during the war and that soldiers wanted to use whatever they could find to improve their chances of survival. The need for company is shown when the group crosses the river to see the French girls and when the group sees the photo of the girl while having a drink. As children begin to die in war, the group wished everything was possible so that they could be back home doing the things they enjoy. The images serve as a reminder that war upsets everything from people’s lives to their dreams and ambitions.

The main theme of the novel All Quiet on the Western Front is that war must be avoided at all costs due to the serious consequences that will ensue. War makes people lose friends, worries people, and creates a feeling of uncertainty among innocent people. War also creates hatred between people. For example, two friends of different nationalities can become bitter enemies just because their respective countries are at war.

I think the novel All Quiet on the Western Front is a well-told story, blending both fiction and non-fiction into a powerful novel that forces people to think deeply about the war and all its possible repercussions. The book makes me think of all the lost talent that was lost during the war. Although the levels of technology are increasing exponentially, we have to ask ourselves what the people who died in the war could have done to help the human cause. The novel also tells us that friendship always prevails despite difficult times. I would recommend this book to anyone who thinks war can be short and glorious. Through this book, any reader can see that war brings unnecessary death to innocent people (soldiers and civilians). After reading the book, the reader will likely have a different perspective on the war and all the low points it brings.

Throughout this book, we as human beings should try to find solutions through discussion and compromise rather than war. Countries at war may feel that they are gaining a lot from wars, but what they do not see are the losses they have suffered. In many cases, the gain is negligible when compared to the losses.

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