All Quiet on the Western Front Dialectical Journal

All Quiet   on the Western Front |
Dialectical Journal |
Nathan Rosenblatt     A-1/2                             5/5/11 |

Foreword                                     “It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war.”

Pg.18                                         “Yes, that’s the way they think, these hundred thousand Kantoreks! Iron Youth! Youth! We are none of us more than twenty years old.”
Pg.24                               “Together with Kropp, Westhus, and Tjaden I have stood at attention in a hard frost without gloves for a quarter of an hour at a stretch while Himmelstoss watched for the slightest movement of our bare fingers on the steel barrel of the rifle.”
Pg.26                                         “We became hard, suspicious, pitiless, vicious, tough- and that was good; for these attributes were just what we lacked.”

The book starts off by stating that it isn’t an adventure or a war novel, but will simply try to demonstrate the horrors of war and the “lost generation”. The author is not writing a book for the enjoyment of the reader or to write a tale of young men on an adventure. Most war novels make death and enjoyment to a person sitting on a chair reading a book but instead this book will show the true horrors of death and the side of war that nationalism does not show.

I think that Remarque hated war and disliked nationalists. They ignorantly speak of hero’s with no true facts of the horrors. They do not understand the pain and hardships that they go through and there are so many of them that die, and so many of them are forgotten. They are too young to be heroes.

This passage relates to me. Practicing everyday afterschool from the start of Fall and ending in the Spring, we did not quit. We did it for the sake of parade and ceremony but they did it for the sake of their sadistic commander. I remember standing at attention holding a cold rifle alongside...