Title

Gender Stereotype Breakdown in the Trenches: A Study of All Quiet on the Western Front

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Tanya Bennett

Campus

Dahlonega

Proposal Type

Presentation - proposed research/incomplete

Subject Area

English/Communications

Location

Library Technology Center 163

Start Date

24-3-2017 3:00 PM

End Date

24-3-2017 3:50 PM

Description/Abstract

In his novel All Quiet on the Western Front, Erick Remarque’s portrayal of young male soldiers fighting in the trenches of World War I is considered brutally accurate. The time young men spent in the trenches robbed them of their innocence as well as their assumptions about manhood, forcing them to learn new ways to protect one another physically and psychologically. This study’s analysis of Remarque’s male characters reveals the novel’s subtle exploration of traditional gender stereotypes and their limits. In context of research on the experiences of World War I soldiers, this paper examines key character-interactions, as well as protagonist Paul Baumer’s internal processing of his experience, revealing that under extreme circumstances, traditional gender stereotypes fall short and nontraditional behaviors are necessary for survival.

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Gender Stereotype Breakdown in the Trenches: A Study of All Quiet on the Western Front

Library Technology Center 163

In his novel All Quiet on the Western Front, Erick Remarque’s portrayal of young male soldiers fighting in the trenches of World War I is considered brutally accurate. The time young men spent in the trenches robbed them of their innocence as well as their assumptions about manhood, forcing them to learn new ways to protect one another physically and psychologically. This study’s analysis of Remarque’s male characters reveals the novel’s subtle exploration of traditional gender stereotypes and their limits. In context of research on the experiences of World War I soldiers, this paper examines key character-interactions, as well as protagonist Paul Baumer’s internal processing of his experience, revealing that under extreme circumstances, traditional gender stereotypes fall short and nontraditional behaviors are necessary for survival.