8th Grade Fitz English
All Quiet on the Western Front Final Reflection.
In my opinion, there is nothing in the world that is worse than war. After reading the book All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, I developed a better understanding of the horror that goes on during time of war. Remarque does an excellent job portraying what is is like to be a soldier in a war, which is what I believe his intent was. This book made me have sympathy for the soldiers who were fighting in the war. This book made me feel motivated to do everything in my power to keep our world as peaceful as possible. If people hear about how awful war is, they will be motivated to do whatever they can to not let something similar happen again, which in my opinion, is an immense why Remarque and many other authors write about war.
Paul Baumer is a young adult who decided to go to war for the German army in World War I. Paul had no personal experience with war, so he had little idea what he was in for. Nevertheless, Paul was originally patriotic about going to war until he actually got to the front line. He realized that war is an extremely discomforting, scary, painful, and crushing experience that feels interminable. He realized that war is not at all something to feel patriotic about going to. Still, life went on, though Paul would only watch as more and more of his friends died off. After a visit to his family, which Paul thoroughly enjoyed, Paul returned to the front line, where he was attacked. Paul survived and stabbed his attacker in the back, which was an experience that changed him. Paul knew that he had to make it out of this war alive, so that he could educate people about the horrors of war. Latter on, Paul got wounded and went to the hospital. Paul latter returned to the front line, only to watch Katczinsky, who was a friend and mentor of Paul, get nailed in the head with a sharpnel and die shortly after. Thought Katczinsky’s life was lost, the report for that day was “All quiet on the western front.”
There are a lot of things that I took away from this book. I realized exactly how awful war is, and the extreme horrors of it. The fact that on a day where a man gets killed, and it is considered “all quiet”, showed me that a day like that is considered nothing compared to other war days where tons of people die. This book made me realize how illogical people can be. War makes tensions brew, and makes conflicts escalate, as opposed to actually resolving issues.
I am glad that Remarque wrote this book because it conveys a powerful message. The truth about war is something that must be released, and Remarque does an excellent job of releasing it.