All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

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What is the author's purpose in writing All Quiet on the Western Front?

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To add to the great answers above, there is another poem that refers to Remarque's message in All Quiet on the Western Front.  The poem "Dulce et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen challenges popular war-time propaganda and questions whether or not it is an honor to die for one's country.  In the poem, Owen vividly describes the horrors that the soldiers experience in war before ending the poem with the rhetorical question of whether this is all worth it.  In All Quiet on the Western Front , the young soldiers are convinced by their elders that they should fight for their fatherland Germany because it is the honorable thing to do.  When Paul returns home on leave, he is angry with the elder men because they do not understand the reality of the battlefront--they only understand the romanticized glory of battle.  Paul recalls all his friends who have died so far and the other tragedies that have occurred on the battlefield, and he questions the cause for their fighting.  Earlier in the...

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