All quiet on the western front Essay

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all quiet on the western front

Beth Turcotte
January 19, 2000

“ 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…”

All Quiet on the Western Front, written by Erich Maria Remarque, is a vividly horrific
verification of what went on at the front of World War I. It goes deep into the souls of
the men that were sent out to ‘heroically’ fight for their country. It follows the lives
of these men, young and old, that were forced to turn from everything that was ever
important to them in their lives. These men risked everything that they had, especially
their lives.

As this story begins, Paul Baumer, a nineteen-year-old boy that volunteers to enlist in
the German army of World War I, is thought to have a very creative mind and a positive
outlook on his life. He loved school and most of all he loved to write. Paul wrote many
stories as well as poetry, currently he was working on a play entitled “Saul”. This was
his escape from the world. Paul had always had an idealistic view on the war, at least
that what he was taught to believe. He and his classmates were made to believe that
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