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All Quiet On The Western Front: War And Its Purpose

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     "One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing. That to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one."
- Agatha Christie

     We as people never stop to think about war and its definition. Accroding to the dictionary, war is defined as a state of hostility, conlict, antagonism and death. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque tells the story about Paul Baumer, the narrator and protagonist of the book , a neneteen year old German soldier who fights in the front lines of Western Europle during Wold War I and describs its synical hateful environment. The autobiographical book, Night by Elie ...view middle of the document...

"The pain was undefiable. It was like if someone were to stab you with a fiery pitchfork in the back," recalled Benjamin Mejia as he suffered third degree burns by an exploding land mine. He also added "I lost all feeling on my back for about a week and I had to suffer the excruciating pain of my skin peeling off my back." "A line, a short line trudges off in to the morning. Thirty two men." says Paul who could not believe his own eyes as he sees how many soldiers were lost in just one battle. Only thrity two of the original 150 men that went to the front in the beginning of the offensive lived; many of who were young and have plenty to live for or who had families of their own. Though the physical pain of war is most of the time just temporary if survived, the emotional and mental pain at the hands of war is eternal.

     It is impossible to say that war would not change the lives of the people involved with it mentally regardless if one fight in it or not. "Bombardment, barrage, curtain-fire, mines, gas, tanks, machine-guns, hand-grenades--words, words, words, but they hold the horror of the world." Paul started out at first saying how war will bring honor for his country and himself; but he then finds himself just trying to stay alive and ignores the meaning of honor and patriotism which he strived to obtain. At this point, Paul begins to really see what lies behind the curtains and the real description associated with war, or in other words, the catastrophy which is war and its insignificance. "Lost" is a very powerful word, a word that can have many conentations. Belief is something many people have whether it is to a God, a philosophy, or a state of mind. However, losing or deriving a belief from someone takes something of incomprehensable force to execute. "And, in spite of myself, a prayer rose in my heart, to that God whom I no longer believed." said Elie. Throughout his whole...

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