All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

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Looking for quotes on disconnectedness, dehumanization, alienation, and dislocation in chapter 7.

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Dehumanization results from the soldiers' lack of hand-to-hand combat. The shell warfare creates a bizarre non-entity rather than an enemy soldier.  Because Paul and his fellow soldiers strive to avoid being shelled, they crawl on their bellies in the dirt and mud. In Chapter Four, Paul narrates,

We march up, moody or good-tempered soldiers--we reach the zone where the front begins and become on the instant human animals.

In Chapter Six, after witnessing the horrors of warfare, Paul feels disconnected from his past:

And even if these scenes of our youth were given back to us we would hardly know what to do.  The tender, secret influence that passed from them into us could not rise again....

In this same chapter, Paul expresses his alienation:

We are forlorn like children, and experienced like old men, we are crude and sorrowful and superficial--I believe we are lost.

 

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#3, may I grab a snippet of your quote?

Yesterday we were under fire, to-day we act the fool and go foraging through the...

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