Description sculpts a scene in the readers mind. In the book All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque, description makes the readers want to read on and on
Description in this story allows you to feel like you're really on the battlefield. There were rumors about how the battles were going to become more intense, many soldiers disregard these rumors. Late at night the attacks beginning and the new recruits begin to throw up, panic and pray. When some of the soldiers start to pray three men rise in front of them and a soldiers attempts to throw a grenade.
“I raise my hand, but I cannot throw into those strange eyes; for one mad moment the whole slaughter whirls like a circus around me, and these two eyes alone are motionless; then the head rises up, a hand, a movement, and my hand-grenade flies through the air and into him.”
Excerpt From: Erich Maria Remarque & Arthur Wesley Wheen. “All Quiet on the Western Front.”
Description in All Quiet on the Western Front does more than just paint a picture in readers mind. Description in this chapter fills the reader with vivid, natural and dramatic emotions. This chapter really puts you into the soldiers shoes and changes how you view modern warfare.
All Quiet on the Western Front is a novel that displays the horror of modern warfare and the struggle soldiers go through each and every day.