Millions dead, tens of millions injured, for what?For a petty
argument between two countries.War is devastating to countries and most
indefinitely individuals. Men can be left disturbed mentally, physically,
and socially for the rest of their lives.Is this necessary?Well maybe
you should decide after reading the next few paragraphs.You can decide if
the war being fought is a war of dignity and glory as everyone would make
it out to be or if it was a battle of death and gore.You maybe surprised
Well it would be glorious to be wounded and or die for your country
right?Well maybe if you were the one seeing everything from the outside
looking in.If you were a soldier your outlook on war may be a little
different.The physical ailments of the young men are terrible.Some even
consider it lucky if you die.For example, Remarque made it very clear
that he was aware of the pains men were forced to endure when he put Paul
and Albert Kropp in the hospital.Paul was going on leave and asked Albert
if there was anything that he could get for him and Kropp said, “A gun.”
Paul showed his disapproval of this idea and Albert said something to the
degree of I would rather die then live without a leg.Another example was
when Kat was wounded by the bomb that went off while he was delivering
supplies to the men on the front.Kat could not even walk.Then while
Paul was taking him back to the First Aid center the man said, “He’s stone
dead.”Paul was so oblivious to what was going on that he simply replied,
“No, he’s just fainted.”When he looked at his hand and found a bullet
wound in the back of Kat’s head he was so stunned that he could not even
think or see straight.In the real world people would leave their homes
cheerful young men and return tattered worn cripples.Men would return
with missing appendages.Some would return without legs.Others would

The Horrors of War is a main theme that features in war stories, books and films. All Quiet on the Western Front (directed by Lewis Milestone, 1930), The Third Day, The Frost (written by John Marsden), Pearl Harbour (Directed by Michael Bay) and the poem No Ordinary Sun by Hone Tuwhare. The texts that I have chosen all relate back to the theme horrors of war in some way or another the main sub themes within the theme are how the horrors of war are generally portrayed, and what are their devastating effects how the advancement of technology has influenced the horrors of was and how the characters change as a result of the horrors of war. All the characters in these texts interact with the horrors of war and the sub themes that I have noted already.
How the Horrors of War are portrayed and their effects
As shown in the film All Quiet on the western front the horrors of war and their effects cause death and destitution. It is shown in numerous scenes throughout the film with shots of soldiers lying dead in trenches and decapitated bodies these images symbolise the effect of the horrors of war and civilians that lost their lives for the patriotism and high moral that war, was perceived as in those times. That was all propaganda. In addition to this Pearl harbour the film portrayed the horrors of war and their effects in a more subtle "PG" way this was perhaps because it was a love story as well but there was still significant scenes that represented this such as the constant bombing, gun fire, planes and ships blasting shrapnel everywhere when they were attacking one another I felt that All Quiet on the Western Front was more powerful compared to Pearl Harbour though because it was in black and white and it being made not long after the war (1930) it made it more realistic it wasn't " one of the many "Hollywood" blockbuster movies"The Third Day, The Frost portrayed the effects of the horrors of wa…