All Quiet on the Western Front Essay | How Was Your Death?

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How Was Your Death?

Summary: The novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque shares the same theme as Siegfried Sassoon's poem, " How to Die." Putting these two works together makes up into one general theme on how soldiers die, whether they die with peace or disturbance addressing World War I.
The novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque shares the

same theme as Siegfried Sassoon's poem, " How to Die." Putting these two works

together makes up into one general theme on how soldiers die, whether they die with

peace or disturbance addressing World War I.

Many soldiers die unexpectedly, therefore, they all die differently. Some soldiers

die through bombings, poison gases, machine guns, and starvation. Most soldiers die with

misery and suffering, but one soldier dies peacefully. " He fell in October 1918, on a day

that was so quiet and still on the whole front." Paul Baumer, the narrator of the novel,

dies without disturbing emotions. He was calm and quiet, which is similar to one of the

poem's stanza. "The dying soldier shifts his head/ To watch the glory that returns" (3-4).

The soldier here is dying and he is glad that his time had come. The soldier's death

resembles Paul's death, therefore, both the novel and the poem signify the same

theme on "how to die." Paul's "face had an expression of calm, as though almost glad the

end had come."

Death is also shown in different ways in both the novel and the poem. Some of

Paul's comrades die with agony, and the poem itself shows sufferings from a soldier. "He

lifts his fingers towards the skies/ Where holy brightness breaks in flame" (5-6). At first,

the soldier thinks of peace as he dies, but the mood changes when the brightness is taken

over by flame. Flame symbolizes evil and in this case, agony for the soldier. In the novel,

Kemmerich dies with difficulty. Some parts of him want to die and some parts do not, but

basically he wants to finish up his life so that the suffering would end. But every soldier

has to wait for their right time, and that is the hard part. More or less, they have to face

the sufferings and witness their own death.

Siegfried Sassoon's poem, "How to Die", has a theme that is displayed as a theme

in Erich Maria Remarque's novel, All Quiet on the Western Front. Both works' themes

blend into one general theme. In other words, what their death is like.

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