All Quiet on the Western Front is critical of the romantic notion of war and patriotism. Cite segments of the text to support this statement.

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In All Quiet on the Western Front, Remarque uses the narrative voice of Paul Baumer to challenge the romantic notion of war and patriotism.  This critical view can be seen clearly when Paul leaves the front to go home on leave.  When he gets back to his hometown, Paul goes with his father to the local bar and all the old men talk about the glories of war.  Paul is really angry because none of the men have actually been to war.  He tries to back out of the conversation, but the old men continue to push him.  Paul begins to feel like it was a mistake coming home because no one understands what is happening to him and the other men on the front.  Paul also goes to visit his former school master Kantorek, and when he gets to the classroom, Paul becomes enraged by Kantorek who is telling the students to join the war effort.  Kantorek similarly persuaded Paul and his classmates to join the war to support their Fatherland.  Paul tells Kantorek that he does not know anything about the war and that dying has nothing to do with supporting one's country.  So, Paul's visit home creates a challenge of the romantic views of war and patriotism.

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