Concepts of War in All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet On The Western Front, written by Erich Maria Remarque, is set on the western front during World War 1. The novel explores the ruthless reality of war, through the experiences of a young German soldier, Paul Baumer, and his fellow soldier friends. Paul shows readers the different perspectives and perceptions of war and how it influences one’s life decisions and views on life itself. The novel shows readers that people who have higher roles or power in society ,or in the army, view war as a very nationalistic and patriotic event to take part in, whereas the soldiers, who experience war first hand, find war to be the most inhumane and torturous thing in the world. Remarque effectively investigates these views in the book, whilst still setting a clear, consistent tone against war throughout the whole book.

The way that Remarque pulls readers in whilst being brutally honest is highly commendable, All Quiet On The Western Front is one of the most honest and realistic novels about World War 1. The way that Remarque portrays war is very visual, he does not care about what society may think, ‘he tells it like it is’, he tells the cold, devastating truth about war. Remarque informs readers that the brave soldiers that go out to war will never return home the same ever again.Remarque uses the experiences of the protagonist, Paul Baumer, and his friends, who are young German soldiers in World War 1, to show readers that war can affect soldiers not only physically but also mentally. Those who experience war become changed people; they have a completely different view on the world than people who have not been in war. Soldiers have to deal with the fact that death surrounds them, it is everywhere they turn and to stay sane you have to become detached and desentised to even have a glimmer of hope of surviving the hellhole that war is. This is clearly demonstrated in the novel when Paul and his friend, Muller, visit their dying fr.