In Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, the author develops his central themes of alienation, dehumanization, and disconnectedness by using several literary devices, including diction, syntax, and tone.
The diction of a literary work is simply the set of words an author chooses to use. Diction can also be defined as the style of speaking (or writing) used by a character or writer. Generally, diction falls into two categories: formal or informal. The diction of All Quiet on the Western Front
is broadly informal. Colloquial phrases and everyday speech are predominantly used. The novel is narrated by a young man, and he tells his story as if to peers. The language is simple and straightforward, as evident in the very first chapter:
We are at rest five miles behind the front. Yesterday we were relieved, and now our bellies are full of beef and haricot beans. We are satisfied and at peace. Each man has another mess-tin full for the evening; and, what is more,...
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