All Quiet On The Western Front

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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 fighting for their country was heroic and highly respectable. Kantorek, the boys’ head school master, drilled these thoughts in their minds and made them think that that enlisting and fighting were their only options. The boys took every word that Kantorek spoke to heart and soon enlisted in the German army to fight in World War I. After all, how were they to know what this war had in store for them?
Drills, drills, and more drills. The soldiers were being ‘prepared’ for life at the front. Paul is tired, very tired. He and his classmates are relu

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