Generational Conflict in All Quiet on the Western Front

Literature / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
How the novel examines changes brought by World War I, and the different ways that the war experienced by the younger and the older generation caused many young Germans to question or turn away from the customs and beliefs of their parents and ancestors.

“In Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front, changes in the basic structures of once stable societies cause enormous amounts of generational conflict. During the war, Germany was growing more and more into a technology driven mass society. The myriad changes brought by the war, and the different ways that the war experienced by the younger and the older generation caused many young Germans to question or turn away from the customs and beliefs of their parents and ancestors. Paul Baumer, the narrator of the novel, grows disgusted with the patriotism and arrogance of the older generation, which he feels tricked him and his comrades into enlisting in a terrible war.”


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