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A Deconstruction of Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front The youthful soldiers depicted in Erich Maria Remarque's text All Quiet on the Western Front signify a generation with no precedent, constancy, or forethought. The men, embracing their wives' calls to develop into national heroes, have lost their innocence on the battle and stay forever altered in belief and soul. Remarque contrasts the cold realities of warfare in the present to the tranquility of the past so as to illustrate the emotional transformation of these guys stationed on the frontlines. The soldiers seem trapped at the present and alienated in their pastsnevertheless, deconstruction of the text rejects the current and past as opposing nations of time and identity, and reveals them as related conditions which are sexually and permanently intertwined. Much of the significant literature regarding All Quiet on the Western Front issues that the binary relationship between the symbols of past and present. For example, critics Barker and Last argue: "This rupture with the past is one of the most notable topics of Remarque's work, the discontinuity of existence, this jolting from one place of existence to another, for which man is completely oblivious" (54). This resistance is reflected in Remarque's descriptions of these contrasting environments of past and present. ? The gift is depicted as a condition of unpredictability, uncertainty, and impermanence where the soldiers merely exist on the edge of existence. Even the narrator, Paul Baumer, frees the dismal desperation of the front: "Shells, gas clouds, and flotillas of tanks - shattering, corroding, death. Dysentery, influenza, typhus&scalding, choking, departure" (Remarque 283). In contrast, the last is...