All Quiet on the Western Front Symbols
Symbolism is one of the different ways used to identify and reference technical entities. In All Quiet on the Western Front, the author takes up the use of symbols to steer the readers on understanding the events of the war. So many things have been used to represent and show the author means. The book entails much of the referents and below are the major indices used in the book and their significance.
The tree of cherry
The cherry tree in the book shows and reminds of the beautiful cherry orchard farm. The tree acted as a referent on the reference of war by the lives of all the men or rather the fighters had given up while on the war. Their lives had just begun to blossom when it was put to an abrupt end due to the effects of the war.
Food is an essential part of every living individual. People need food in order to continue living. In the author’s book, food symbolizes the soldier’s survival, this is because for them to have energy and continue fighting they had to eat to survive and avoid dying of hunger. Their unity is referenced through their constant sharing of the rationed food in the front which was due to the supply shortage. It symbolized their togetherness although the extra rationing of food came about due to the loss of their other soldiers who were wounded or killed during the war.
The boots of Franz Kemmerich
The boots were always channeled from one fighter to another. For instance, Kimmerich passed them to Franz Miller and Paul Baumer got them from Miller. In this instance, the boots referenced the continuity of life since they were believed to outlive those who wore them. Although some of the soldiers died in the war, there was the need for the others to live on and fight, their death did not mean the war had come to an end. The transfer of the boots from one soldier to another represented the continuity of life basing the fact that they were passed to another soldier after the wearer succumbed to