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Article on All Quiet On The Western Front

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The introductory paragraph of All Quiet on the Western Front says that the publication's goal is "neither for the accusation nor a confession." Remarque never really says that the book isn't to condemn. In reality, that's exactly what All Silence is - a condemnation. It is quite true that Remarque never accuses either side or gets any confession, however he does in fact condemn war altogether. In a critical response to All Quiet, Modris Eksteins states that "All Quiet was not a novel about the events of this war - it was not a memoir - but an angry postwar statement about the impacts of the war over the young generation that lived by it," (Eksteins 336). Eksteins is right in stating this since an "angry post announcement" is in nature a condemnation, and Remarque does put out to convince readers that the young men of the generation, as a result of the war, have been destroyed. The publication indicates the digression of these soldiers out of idealistic young men with ambition and hopes for the future to young men with the hearts and heads of old men bombarded by the tragedies, the horrors, and the realities of war. In the conclusion of Chapter One, Paul is remembering his old schoolmaster, Kantorek, calling his generation the "Iron Youth." Such an idealistic title at the same time to these young men has been an inspiration, but even in the very start of their encounters it immediately became a mockery. Looking back after the death of their comrade Kemmerich, Paul, Kropp, and Muller ref...

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