In All Quiet on the Western Front, how is Paul Baumer a Romantic Hero? How does he demonstrate the Romantic Hero characteristics.

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

The most important thing that makes someone a Romantic hero is his attitude towards society and its conventions.  Romantic heroes are rejects -- either society has rejected them or they have rejected society.  These heroes are extremely unconventional.

This characteristic can easily be seen in the character of Paul Baumer.  Baumer's whole character is formed by his attitude towards the war in which he is fighting.  Baumer rejects all conventional attitudes about the war.  He does not feel heroic.  He does not glory in killing the enemy.  He hates the war and does not feel that it has any greater purpose.

By holding these attitudes, Baumer distances himself from the conventions of his society.  This makes him a Romantic hero.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial