All Quiet on the Western Front Comparison Between the Book and the Movie

Essay by Viper786High School, 11th gradeA+, August 2004

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After reading the novel and watching the movie "All Quiet on the Western Front" the novel proved to be a lot better for learning about World War I. The novel is called the best war novel for a reason. Erich Maria Remarque's novel is so powerful you can almost perfectly picture how living in the war was like and what the trench conditions were like. The novel was better than the movie because in the novel food was very hard to get. But in the movie, it seemed as if acquiring food was not hard at all. At various points in the novel, the novel digs right into your emotions and after watching the movie, it leaves the viewer almost emotionless. The movie had no hint that gas bombs were used during the war but in the novel usage of gas bombs was quite frequent. The novel was better than the movie because the novel shows how scarce food was, it gets into your emotions, and it talks about gas bomb usage.

Food proved to be scarce in the novel while it wasn't as scarce in the movie. For example on page 108 in the first full paragraph it says, "We pull in our belts tighter and chew every mouthful three times as long. Still the food does not last out; we are damnably hungry. I take out a scrap of bread, eat the white and put the crust back in my knapsack; from time to time I nibble at it." Food was also rare back at home and an example of this is, ""It is pretty bad for food here?" I enquire. "Yes, there is not much. Do you get enough our there?"" This can be found on page 160 on the third paragraph from the...