This motif of animal instinct contributes to the larger theme that war destroys the humanity of the soldier, stripping away his ability to feel and, in this case, making him act like a beast rather than a man.
There is also a fair bit of philosophising. He also has a "Special Permit," certifying him as sporadically not responsible for his actions due to a head wound, though he is clearly quite sane and exploiting his permit so he can stay in the hospital and away from the war as long as possible.
Paul is the last remaining member of his schoolmates. He permits them to eat the rations of the men that had been killed in action, standing up to the chef Ginger who would only allow them their allotted share. This would definitely be true of "All Quiet.
Unfortunately, the premiere was an animating moment in the history of Nazism, reclaiming the World War I memory not as meaningless slaughter, as Remarque says, but as a glorious noble German enterprise.
In OctoberPaul is finally killed on a remarkably peaceful day. Haie, in addition, has a good sense of humour. Hospital scenes portray men with grisly wounds that go untreated because of insufficient medical supplies.
The patriotic speeches of his teacher Kantorek had led the whole class to volunteer for military service shortly after the start of World War I. Paul carries him back to camp on his back, only to discover upon their arrival that a stray splinter had hit Kat in the back of the head and killed him on the way.
The monotony between battles, the constant threat of artillery fire and bombardments, the struggle to find food, the lack of training of young recruits meaning lower chances of survivaland the overarching role of random chance in the lives and deaths of the soldiers are described in detail.
He appears in the sequel, The Road Back. In OctoberPaul, recently returned from two weeks' leave to recover from poisonous gas, is killed on a quiet day, shortly before armistice ends the war. While evacuating the villagers enemy civiliansPaul and Albert are taken by surprise by artillery fired at the civilian convoy and wounded by a shell.
Josef Hamacher[ edit ] Hamacher is a patient at the Catholic hospital where Paul and Albert Kropp are temporarily stationed.
Indeed, the only person he remains connected to is his dying mother, with whom he shares a tender, yet restrained relationship. It is not a literal work. In addition, the massive loss of life and negligible gains from the fighting are constantly emphasized.
Only pitifully small pieces of land are gained, about the size of a football field, which are often lost again later. Kantorek uses an idealistic, patriotic, and poetic rhetoric to convey the concepts of national loyalty and glory.
There's only so many times you can go through the same shit, whether they're English, French, German, Russian — oh look, another group of pals from school, eagerly jogging down to the war office to sign up. Himmelstoss succeeds in having Tjaden and Kropp punished for insubordination.
Himmelstoss later joins them at the front, revealing himself as a coward who shirks his duties for fear of getting hurt or killed, and pretends to be wounded because of a scratch on his face.
According to a Variety reporter, when then lights came up, the audience was too rattled or moved to disapprove or applaud.
In an example of tragic irony, Behm was the only one who did not want to enter the war. Kat is hit by shrapnel at the end of the story, leaving him with a smashed shin.
While in the hospital, someone steals Kemmerich's watch that he intended to give to his mother, causing him great distress and prompting him to ask about his watch every time his friends visit him in the hospital. Amid this horrific violence and numbness, the overblown phrases of nationalistic rhetoric quickly lose their persuasive power and take on a loathsome quality of hypocrisy and ignorance.
They had been forced into the army. Main characters[ edit ] Cover of first English language edition. They are then sent on what Paul calls a "good job. My children were assigned to read the Old Man an Kasia and Daniel, your conversation on the maturity of American readers overlooks an important point.
It is the death of Kat that eventually makes Paul careless about living. He is devastated and later confesses to Kat and Albert, who try to comfort him and reassure him that it is only part of the war.
Franz Kemmerich[ edit ] A young boy of only 19 years. This perspective is crucial to understanding the true effects of World War I. I don't mean that they're not smart enough to read and understand the books, but rather that they're not mature enough to have the books resonate properly with them.
His class was "scattered over the platoons amongst Frisian fishermen, peasants, and labourers. His father asks him "stupid and distressing" questions about his war experiences, not understanding "that a man cannot talk of such things.
While evacuating a village, Paul and Kropp are shot and sent by train to St.The record of several schoolmates who represent a generation destroyed by the dehumanization of World War I's trench warfare, All Quiet on the Western Front tells of their enlistment in the army at the urging of their teacher, Kantorek, whose wisdom they trusted.
Paul Bäumer, a sensitive teenager, serves as central intelligence, the prototypical young infantryman whose youth is snatched away by the. All Quiet on the Western Front (German: Im Westen nichts Neues, lit. 'In the West Nothing New') is a novel by Erich Maria Remarque, a German veteran of World War I.
The book describes the German soldiers' extreme physical and mental stress during the war, and the detachment from civilian life felt by many of these soldiers upon returning home from the front.
Erich Maria Remarque has books on Goodreads with ratings. Erich Maria Remarque’s most popular book is All Quiet on the Western Front. All Quiet on the Western Front is a truthful novel but not a documentary or a memoir.
Remarque’s characters and materials are well handled, and his vision of war as a mirror of the human condition engages readers with its authenticity. Erich Maria Remarque became known internationally after the publication of All Quiet on the Western Front in /9.
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