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by Erich Maria Remarque

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Please give examples of romanticism in quotes or scenes from All Quiet on the Western Front.

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On one level, All Quiet on the Western Front is the story of romanticism shattered in the face of war. Paul and his comrades recall how they willingly and enthusiastically marched off to war, overcome with a sense of national pride, patriotism, and adventure. By the end of the first chapter, though, we see that these romantic notions have been thoroughly replaced by a grim sense of the horrors and even the day-to-day drudgery of war. Kantorek, the schoolmaster who exhorted them to join the fight, is the subject of mockery. The world depicted in All Quiet on the Western Front is one of nearly constant misery and death, where one's comrades are all one has. Remarque intended this realistic portrayal of war to serve as a corrective to the romantic views still (remarkably) held by many people on the home front. Not only does Remarque portray these...

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