Literary Analysis Chapter 8
- Daniel Pink
“I see their dark forms, their beards move in the wind. I know nothing of them except that they are prisoners; and that is exactly what troubles me. Their life is obscure and guiltless;—if I could know more of them, what their names are, how they live, what they are waiting for, what their burdens are, then my emotion would have an object and might become sympathy.”
This quote causes us to realize the horror of war. It makes us think that without knowing who these prisoners are men have been pitted against each other because of the order of a general. Hardly any benefit from war, and the suffering of the soldiers is not outweighed by the resolving of the conflict. All Quiet on the Western Front is one of the strongest Anti-War novels ever written.