In All Quiet on the Western Front, why did the students join the army?  

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There are many reasons, and unfortunately for the boys, most of them turned out to be false and empty. Considering their young age, perhaps the most tragic is the much-quoted influence of their patriotic teacher, Kantorek. It is made very clear in the book that whether or not he actually believed all of the pompous talks he gave the boys to urge them to enlist, he never actually set foot in the war himself. Essentially, he still sent his young wards to die in one of the bloodiest conflicts of humankind. I say it's tragic because people are more easily influenced in their younger years, and Kantorek undoubtedly used his authoritative position to push them towards his desired goal. He filled the minds of the boys with a very glorified view of the war and made them believe it.

The other reason directly deriving from the previous one is that the boys simply didn't have enough life experience to know...

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