The reality of war cannot be communicated Essay
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Throughout war man often loses his ability to communicate. Usually soldiers in war do not communicate about the war because it reminds them of the reality of war, and they must not communicate their’s true feelings to others. Throughout All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Reamaeque portrays the characters’ difficultly communicating the reality of war, and struggling to express their feelings to their families and to others. It was difficult for Paul to return home after seeing the reality of war.
An example of this would be Paul’s conversation with his mom in chapter seven: ‘Was it bad out there Paul? ‘ Mother, what should I answer to that! You would not understand, you could never realize it. And you should never realize it. Was it bad, you ask. -You, Mother,- I shake my head and say: ‘No, Mother not so very. There are always a lot of us together so it isn’t so bad. ‘(Remarque 161) Paul represses his true feelings from her. He lies to his mom because he knows that she would never understand, because she has never experienced the reality of war.
Reamaeque expresses Paul’s thoughts differently than what words were quoted. Paul’s thoughts have deep emotion, while the words quoted do not have any. Paul represses his true feelings about the reality of war from other family members too. Foley 2 Paul does not want to discuss the war with his father either. Paul’s dad asks him questions about the war, such as, has he ever fought someone in hand-to-hand combat? ‘So I confine myself to telling him a few amusing things. But he wants to know whether I have ever had to hand-to-hand fight.
I say ‘no,’ and get up and go out. ‘(Remarque 165) Paul does not communicate the reality of war to his father because by doing so he would be reliving the reality of war, which he does not want to relive. Paul avoids answering his dad’s questions by telling him amusing stories instead. Again, Paul tries to avoid this conversation with his father because if Paul told his dad what really happened his father would not understand. Paul realizes his dad wants to be entertained rather than really know about the war.
Paul also does not express his true feelings about the reality of war to strangers. An example of this is when Paul visits Kemmerich’s mother. Paul cannot express the reality of Kemmrich’s death to his mom. ‘Did you see him? Did you see him then? How did he die? ‘ I tell her he was shot through the heart and died instantaneously. She looked at me, she doubts me: ‘You lie. I know better. I have felt terribly he died. I have heard his voice at night, I have felt his anguish-tell the truth, I want to know it, I must know it.
‘ ‘”No,’ I say, ‘I was beside him. He died at once. ‘(Remarque 180) Paul lies to Kemmerich”s mother so he and Kemmerich’s mom would not have to suffer through the of the reality of Kemmerich’s death. When Paul is on leave he meets his old German-master at a beer garden in his hometown. Paul fails to communicate the reality of war to him. Paul and the fellow men Foley 3 at the beer garden are sitting around smoking, drinking, and talking about the war. “He drags me along to a table with a lot of others.
They welcome me, a head-master shakes hands with me and says: ‘So you come from the front? What is the spirit out there? Excellent, eh? Excellent? ‘ (Remarque 166) Instead of telling the men the reality of the war he lets them think what they want. If Paul told the men what it was really out there they probably would not have believed him. Again Paul realizes that the men want to be entertained rather than really know about the war. The novel suggests that war hinders man’s capability to converse with one another.
In the novel Paul does not want to communicate the reality of war because by doing so Paul would relive the reality of war. Also, Paul does not communicate with his family and to others because they would not have understood the reality of war because they have never experienced it first hand. It was difficult for Paul to express his emotions and the reality of war. Show preview only The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.