All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

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Alternate ending for "All Quiet on the Western Front" ideas. I have to do a project on "All Quiet on the Western Front" and I have to write an alternate ending, any ideas?

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If Paul is going to die, you could change the way he dies.  Does he die a senseless death, or does he go out in a blaze of glory?  I have always been saddened when soldiers come home and die in car accidents or muggings.  You survive the whole war, only to die at home.

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With the theme being the senseless tragedy of war, Remarque's ending is so fitting; the death of one more soldier is of no consequence:  "All quiet on the Western Front."  So, to maintain verisimilitude you need to remain within the motif of the existential meaninglessness of Paul's life.  Perhaps, then, you can have people...

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I think your basic choices will be-- do you want to do an ending that is similar to the original ending, or do you want to take it in a radically different direction. If you choose the latter, consider the ending centers around Paul's survival. The biggest way to make a radical change in the book's ending would be to have Paul die in the final pages. He would have a chance to reflect on his death, what it all meant, and what it means for the future. The statement the book makes would be very different, and you can delve into exactly why.

Sorry! i forgot the ending has to have Paul still dying.

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