Rationale for Using the Story: All Quiet on the Western Front shows the effects of the war on the individual soldier, whether friend or foe. It illustrates the horrors of war with specific reference to trench warfare during the First World War. It also shows the drawbacks of unquestioning patriotism. The effect is powerful in promoting an anti-war sentiment.
Throughout their lives, people must deal with the horrific and violent side of humanity. The side of humanity is shown through the act of war. This is shown in Erich Remarque’s novel, “All Quiet on the Western Front”. War is by far the most horrible thing that the human race has to go through. The participants in the war suffer irreversible damage by the atrocities they witness and the things they go through.