A Comparison of the movie All Quiet on the Western Front and the book A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemmingway.

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A Comparison of All Quiet on the Western Front and A Farewell to Arms

A hand grenade hit me. One of those potato mashers that just blew the whole side of my foot off (Hemingway 122). More often than not, war is bloody and lethal. The poem "No Man's Land" gives one author's portrayal of the carnage after a battle. The poem also talks about how great a role fate plays in rather or not you will be walking off the battlefield the next morning. War can affect people in various ways. The environment of war can change from battle to battle. After reading Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms and viewing All Quiet on the Western Front, you can see that the film illustrates a more precise environment of war, while the book depicts more accurately how war affects people.

There is a similar warfare environment in the book and in the motion picture.

In both A Farewell to Arms and All Quiet on the Western Front the war was fought in trenches. The movie gave a more vivid representation of what trench warfare was like. Disease and pestilence lurked in the unhygienic ditches. There was barbed wire everywhere and if the men left their trench there was hardly any shelter from the bombardment of gunfire. There were few trees or other objects that you could conceal yourself behind once a soldier left the refuge of his trench (Mann). You didn't get a very precise picture of the terrain in A Farewell to Arms due to the fact that the main character, Henry, was an ambulance driver and he was not on the front line as often as Paul, the main character in All Quiet on the Western Front, was (Hemingway 18). However, during the episodes of...