All Quiet on the Western Front

  • Posted on: 19 November 2010
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The greatest novel of Erich Maria Remarque, discusses World War I and the larger implications of warfare. Although the book is classified as historical “fiction” it deals with striking realities of war such as gas warfare and life in the trenches.

High school level study of the novel includes:

The Anti-War movement
Repercussions of World War I
Causes of World War I
(Imperialism, Nationalism, Militarism, Alliances, Anarchy)
World War I Propaganda
Estrangement and Dehumanization

Major Themes
Anti-war sentiments
The lost generation
The devastation of war
Present day war issues – extension
The loss of innocence
Death

Character Analysis (sociograms)
Conflict
Symbols

Other:
War Poetry Parallels
1. “Anthem for Doomed Youth”Wilfred Owen
2. "Where is the Love" (song lyrics excerpt) by Black Eyed Peas, featuring Justin Timberlake

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