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Transcript of Animals
Quote: "Our being, almost utterly carried away by the fury of the storm, streams back through our hands from thee...and through the ling minutes in a mute agony of hope bite into thee with our lips!" (Remarque 55-56). The concept of agony was very well known to the soldiers and the animals involved in the war. Martyred- a person who sacrifices something of great value and especially life itself for the sake of principle.
Quote: "It is the moaning of the world, it is the martyred creation, wild with anguish, filled with terror, and groaning" (Remarque 62). Some soldiers became martyrs for the sake of their "pack." Fallible- capable of making a mistake.
Quote: "It is not conscious; it is far quicker, much more sure, less fallible, than consciousness" (Remarque 55). Some attempts in making the dogs run across to the enemy territory with a bomb inside them were fallible. Animals: Using specific examples from the novel, show how Remarque's descriptions of life at the front seem to reduce humans to animals. Prompt Prompt and Thesis Information: Vocabulary Background Animals from AQWF Thesis Animal Instinct:
Throughout the novel, by giving the humans animal characteristics, more intensity is given to the story. As Sparknotes puts it, "soldiers trust their senses over their thoughts"(Sparknotes-AQWF) and try to sniff out where they can locate safety. In terms of being in the war as an animal, it also shows that soldiers may have confidence on how they fight with strategic skills and "war destroys the humanity of the soldier, stripping away his ability to feel. In this case, making him act like a beast rather than a man"(Sparknotes-AQWF). Remarque's descriptions of life at the front seem to reduce humans to animals by their lack of manners and shamelessness. Examples Paul is describing how the soldiers go when at war, he says, "We march up, moody or good-tempered soldiers-we reach the zone where the front begins and become on the instant human animals" (Remarque 56). Remarque uses a metaphor to show how human soldiers turn into wild animals at the front. Paul explains how wild they are when he says, " By the animal instinct that is awakened in us we are led and protected" (Remarque 56). Remarque uses personal thoughts to show how the soldiers gain animals instincts and are unable to use their brain in a human way. All soldiers would do anything to survive and get through a struggle. Paul says, "Our being, almost utterly carried away by the fury of the storm, streams back through our hands from thee...and through the ling minutes in a mute agony of hope bite into thee with our lips!" (Remarque 55-56). Remarque uses a metaphor to show how their animalistic qualities makes them more protective of their comrades. Just like animals, however, if a man goes down, they leave them there for the better of the rest of the pack. Kat states that the horses are wounded and that their suffering "is the moaning of the world, it is the martyred creation, wild with anguish, filled with terror, and groaning" (Remarque 62). Remarque uses personification to show that even the world is in great pain from the war. He also uses this to show the soldiers' sensibility toward nature, or making them one with nature. In this way, he turns them into animals. Paul tells Kat that, "If we could only see the animals we should be able to endure it better" (Remarque 63). Remarque shows the soldiers' attitude toward animals and the admiration they have toward the intelligence of animals. Quotes - "All Quiet on the Western Front." SparkNotes. SparkNotes, n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2013. <http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/allquiet/themes.html>.
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- Remarque, Erich Maria. All Quiet on the Western Front. New York: Ballantine, 1982. Print.
-The Free Dictionary. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.thefreedictionary.com/abyss>.
-The Free Dictionary. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.thefreedictionary.com/agony>.
-The Free Dictionary. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.thefreedictionary.com/fallible>.
-The Free Dictionary. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.thefreedictionary.com/martyred>.
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- WarArchives. "Animals in War (WWI) - a Tribute." YouTube. YouTube, 08 Nov. 2012. Web. 23 Mar. 2013. <http://www.youtube.com /watch?v=I_L5tQerJwA>. Vilest- morally despicable or abhorrent.
Quote: "I tell you it is the vilest baseness to use horses in the war"(Remarque 64). It was vile to see the horses die because of a human dispute. Abyss- intellectual or moral depths.
Quote: "This way lies the abyss"(Remarque 194). The soldiers know that somewhere, their human intelligence lies but they cannot summon it for it has been covered by their animal instinct. Literary Analysis During WWI, the dogs would carry weapons to protect the soldiers from their enemies. The animals would use gas masks to protect themselves from the poison gas. Elephants were used to carry heavy weapons with carriages. Horses weren't used to carry weapons. They were eaten instead. Images Works Cited Page quotes