Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, a novel
set in World War I, centers around the changes wrought by the war on
one young German soldier. During his time in the war, Remarque's
protagonist, Paul Baumer, changes from a rather innocent Romantic to a
hardened and somewhat caustic veteran. More importantly, during the
course of this metamorphosis, Baumer disaffiliates himself from those
societal icons-parents, elders, school, religion-that had been the
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as the family,
the schools, and the church. Moreover, the war is so chaotic that it
infects the basic abilities, not the least of which is verbal, of
humanity itself. By showing how the First World War deleteriously
affects the syntax of language, Remarque is able to demonstrate how
the war irreparably alters the order of the world itself.
Remarque, Erich Maria. All Quiet on the Western Front.
New York: Ballantine Books, 1984.