my response to ” All quiet on the western front “

I found the book all quiet on the western front very interesting since it teaches us a different perspective of WW1. This novel begins with “This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war.”The use of direct address in this quote signifies the impact he is putting on the reader to empathize with the young men that fought in the war. It shows us how young 18 year old boys fight war , they’re traumas, their sentiments and the loss . Identity is something we all have, each person is different, we have our own world but these men fear not to ever be the same again . as Paul said “We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces. The first bomb, the first explosion, burst in our hearts. We are cut off from activity, from striving, from progress. We believe in such things no longer, we believe in the war.” Chapter 5, pg. 88 , this quote demonstrates that the war completely changes and affect their lives .

In my opinion it is a very good book. It taught me that I am very lucky to have the life that I have and not have to go through all the horrific things that people went through in those years. In my twenties I would like to have a spectacular life yet they do nothing about life, like Paul said “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 peoples are set against one another, and in silence, unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slay one another.” Chapter 10, pg. 263″. This quote makes me sad and makes me think that they were so young to live all those things, to suffer all those traumas. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. It was very interesting. It made me see things from another perspective, and it motivates me to try and be better as a person and being peaceful.


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