In All Quiet on the Western Front, what is your reaction as a reader to the news of Paul's death at the end of the book?not too long pls.

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teachertaylor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I was shocked and saddened to read of Paul's death at the end of the book.  I actually read the page over a few times to make sure that his death was what had actually occurred.  Towards the end of the book, I thought that Paul had a glimmer of hope remaining in him (this thought was also fueled by the ending scene from Milestone's 1930 film which I watched before I read the novel).  Paul is a sympathetic narrator, so as the reader, I wanted to see him make it through the war.  However, I am not surprised that the novel ended in this way, and Remarque's choice of ending the book this way supports the theme and purpose that he intended for the novel--war is senseless and destroys those whose lives it touches.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This reaction will be different for every reader, so you may want to consider what your own feelings are so your answer will sound more like you mean it...

You would think that people would be saddened by the news of Paul's death.  After all, he is the protagonist of the book and so the reader has probably come to care about him.  We have seen him grow as a person, as in the parts where he is so humane to his enemies.  Because of that, it is sad to hear that he dies.

On the other hand, Paul is so depressed that you wonder if death is really bad for him.  At least now he doesn't have to deal with the question of what to do with the rest of his life.

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