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1 All Quiet on the Western Front
“This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war”

2 What are some words that come to mind when you think of:
Do-Now: What are some words that come to mind when you think of: “WAR” “SOLDIERS”

3 Erich Maria Remarque’s Background
Born in Osnabruck, Germany in 1898 Fought for Germany during WWI at age 18 Was wounded 5 times & swallowed poison gas Suffered lung injuries

4 Themes/Motifs Loss of Innocence Patriotism Disillusionment
Meaninglessness of deaths in war The Horror of War Shared Humanity: (good guys <-> bad guys)

5 Critical Thinking: If you were on the frontline, would you view your enemy as a person with feelings, or just an evil force staring you in the face? Would you feel bad if something were to happen to your enemy? Does the enemy deserve compassion too?

6 An Alternative Viewpoint
Remarque’s novel shows German viewpoint during WWI Does NOT glorify war Remarque shows war’s dark side and condemns it Novel and film banned by Hitler in 1933 Novel gives Americans insight into German soldier’s mind

7 German Soldiers

8 World War I "The Great War" 1914-1919
Began in August 1914 with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Started with conflict between Austria- Hungary and Serbia Germany sided with Austria-Hungary Germany  Central Powers USA  Allies (France, Russia, Britain, Italy, Japan) Ended with Treaty of Versailles in 1919

9 Gas Masks after an Attack

10 Western Front Consisted of battlefields & cruel new trench warfare tactics Used mustard gas, grenades, tanks, air craft, and wireless communication Germany lost 1.7 million men US lost over 100,000 men

11 WWI Weapons 1. Grenades 2. Bayonets 3. Machine Guns 4. Pistols
4. 6. 7. 1. Grenades 2. Bayonets 3. Machine Guns 4. Pistols 5. Poison Gas 6. Rifles 7. Trench- Mortars

12 German Propaganda Posters

13 American Propaganda

14 Protagonist: Paul Baumer
The 19 yr. old narrator of the story Fought for Germany Enlisted with school friends to support the war effort Teacher Kantorek disillusioned young men like Paul to join army for glory Paul loses his innocence and idealism during WWI Best Friend: Stanislaus Katczinsky (Kat)

15 "Over There"- Patriotic Song

16 Work Cited

17 Do-Now: Loss of Innocence In what ways has Paul already changed from the innocent young school boy to a grown man fighting in the war? Explain using examples from Ch. 1 of the novel.


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