All Quiet on the Western Front is an anti-war novel by Erich Maria Remarque that was first published in 1929. It relies on vivid, disturbing imagery and realistic dialogue to detail the devastating impacts of war on its participants. The novel serves as a timeless reminder of the human costs of armed conflict and the need to strive for peace. Told from the first-person perspective of its protagonist, Paul Bäumer, the novel not only hints at the futility of warfare, but also suggests that combatants, although they might survive, are forever changed and scarred.


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Literary Devices

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