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All Quiet on the Western Front; How Eric Maria Remarque's experience influenced the novel.

English IB Oral Presentation

brandon kim

on 15 December 2010

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Transcript of All Quiet on the Western Front; How Eric Maria Remarque's experience influenced the novel.

How did the author, Erich Maria Remarque’s experience as a German soldier influence the novel? Comrade on his back... Page 287, the scene where Paul carries Kat back Connection to Kat was the most valuable thing in Paul's life Kat was killed while being carried to safety Remarque was injured while carrying his comrade to safety.
His goal of becoming a concert pianist was lost. There were few differences though... One of the most obvious being that while Paul Baumer dies at the end of the war, Erich Remarque doesn't. “They are more to me than life… I belong to them and they to me…” (pg212) “…we have a more complete communion with one another than even lovers have.” (pg94) What was ERich Remarque's point of view of the war? The answer can be found in the prologue, before the book begins.
“This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, they were destroyed by the war.”
His description of what happens at the front "We see men living with their skulls blown open; we see soldiers run with their two feet cut off, they stagger on their splintered stumps into the next shell-hole..." (pg134) The Biography Born in Osnabruck, Germany on June 22nd, 1908 Came from a poor family bacckground Began writing essays and poems by age of 16 He planned a musical career as a concert pianist Erich Remarque was conscripted into the army when he was 18 He served at the western front He swallowed some poison gas that damaged his lungs During his leave, he visited his mother,
who passed away in 1917
Remarque participated in the Battle of Flanders against the British During the battle, he was injured from shrapnel while carrying a wounded comrade back from the attack. Due to the injuries, Remarque was in an army hospital in Germany until the end of war and his plan of being a concert pianist was ruined. After the war, he took various jobs In 1929, he wrote the novel, "All Quiet on the Western Front" It was an immense success, but received many criticism by others.
In 1933, the novel was one of the books to be burnt publicly in Berlin by the National Socialist regime.
Kicked out of the country Moved to Switzerland Continued to write novels Passed away on September 25, 1970 Conclusion Bibliography "All Quiet on the Western Front: Author Biography." Novels for Students. Ed. Marie Rose Napierkowski. Vol. 4. Detroit: Gale, 1998. eNotes.com. January 2006. 7 December 2010. <http://www.enotes.com/all-quiet-western-front/author-biography>.
Liukkonen, Petri. "Erich Maria Remarque." www.kirjasto.sci.fi. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Dec. 2010. <http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/remarque.htm>
What do you think are the similarities between the author of the novel, Erich Remarque, and the protagonist of the novel, Paul Baumer? Age of conscription Family situations
Interest in writing and reading Playing piano Injuries Carried a comrade back to safety “We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces.” (pg 88) “I want that quiet rapture again. I want to feel the same powerful, nameless urge that I used to feel when I turned to my books.” (pg 171). “My mother has always been sickly; and though she has only gone to the hospital when she has been compelled to, it has cost a great deal of money, and my father’s life has been practically given up to it. (pg 196)” “the next moment a blow sweeps like a whip over my left leg.”(pg240) “I have fourteen days rest, because I have swallowed a bit of gas.”(pg293) “when he hears that I can play the piano he fetches his violin and plays.”(pg195)
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