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All Quiet on the Western Front

Albert and I find a mahogany bed which can be taken to pieces with a sky of blue silk and a lace coverlet. We sweat like monkeys moving it in, but a man cannot let a thing like that slip, and it...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2019 10:21 pm UTC

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Schoolmaster Kantorek refers to his former students as "the Iron Youth". Paul Baumer and Albert Kropp scoff at the term because it is so ironic. Kantorek speaks of them as if they are glorious...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2009 10:53 am UTC

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To add to the great answers above, there is another poem that refers to Remarque's message in All Quiet on the Western Front. The poem "Dulce et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen challenges popular...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2010 8:23 pm UTC

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Paul refuses to be "put under" because he fears that the surgeon will amputate his injured leg. In Chapter 10 of All Quiet on the Western Front, after having three weeks of good food and relaxation...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016 5:19 am UTC

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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,...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2019 5:21 am UTC

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Paul thinks that the best thing to come out of the war is the development of comradeship or esprit de corps within the soldier ranks. We did not break down, but adapted ourselves; our twenty years,...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2016 7:37 pm UTC

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The opening of chapter five in All Quiet on the Western Front reveals the daily difficulties that soldiers on the front had to encounter. It represents yet one more aspect of life for which Paul...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2016 1:56 pm UTC

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Paul's room represents to him the "Life of (his) Youth." When he comes home on leave, he sits in his room, waiting for his old life "who are care-free, beautiful," to take him up again, but...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2010 11:50 am UTC

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The meaning of the title, in general and specifically with regard to Paul, can be interpreted in different ways, but the overriding concept is one of the senseless nature of war, of life, and of...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2019 12:54 am UTC

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All Quiet on the Western Front is told in 1st person point of view and uses present tense verbs. The narrator is Paul Baumer. This means that the entire story is told through his eyes. The point...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2010 12:19 pm UTC

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Paul explains that the extra food and provisions which his company is enjoying in the opening scene is a result of "a miscalculation". He says that fourteen days ago they had been assigned "to go...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2009 7:09 am UTC

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The most gripping depiction of the devastating effects of technology in World War I, in either film version of All Quiet on the Western Front, is the gas attack, which Paul describes as the "most...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2019 2:42 pm UTC

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Eric Remarque's semi-autobiographical novel points to the sharp contrast between the rhetoric of war and the reality of it. Sent off to war by their idealistic schoolmaster, Kantorek, Paul Baumer...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2013 3:38 am UTC

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The most famous film version of All Quiet on the Western Front is the 1930 adaptation directed by Lewis Milestone. The movie is relatively faithful to the novel, even retaining its unhappy ending...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2019 4:48 am UTC

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On the first page of chapter 15, in the first paragraph, Remarque uses the simile, "war is a cause of death like cancer and tuberculosis, like influenza and dysentery." This simile suggests that...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2019 8:52 pm UTC

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Because the war is still very much in progress, Paul's company is called back to the front; furthermore, he learns that his company has become one of the flying divisions that are pushed into...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2015 1:25 am UTC

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Paul is surprised at Kemmerich's mother's grief because it is so overwhelming - so much so, in fact, that it is impossible for Paul to convey it properly: I cannot write that down. This quaking,...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2013 11:05 am UTC

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The chapter begins with some humor, with Tjaden coming up with an ingenious way to kill the lice in the men's hair. After they pluck out the lice, instead of squeezing the tough insects to death,...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2020 1:02 pm UTC

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One of Remarque's central themes is that the real casualties of the war were those who survived it. It is absolutely the case that the men have lost their innocence, their youth, their faith in the...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2012 3:23 pm UTC

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Paul Baumer is an innocent who enlists in the German army in World War I out of patriotism after his teacher, Kantorek, inspires him to do so. However, war turns out not to be at all heroic. Much...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2019 4:48 am UTC

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Yesterday we were relieved, and now our bellies are full of beef and haricot beans. We are satisfied and at peace. Each man has another mess-tin full for the evening; and, what is more, there is a...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2018 10:42 am UTC

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Kemmerich crying is one of the most disturbing moments from the early chapters of this book. It occurs in Chapter Two and happens as the narrator is trying to comfort and console Kemmerich as he...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2012 1:33 pm UTC

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Kemmerich is crying in the second chapter because he knows he is dying. After being wounded in the war, he is in a hospital bed whilst the narrator speaks to him and tries to cheer him up. However,...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2012 1:28 pm UTC

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Paul is surprised at the intensity of Kemmerich's mother's grief because his own senses have been completely dulled by his experiences in the war. He has seen killing, in all its horrifying...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2009 6:50 am UTC

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In chapter one of All Quiet on the Western Front the writer, Erich Maria Remarque, describes the camaraderie of war in a unique way. “. . . we have learned better than to be shy about such...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2012 12:40 am UTC

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While the young men are in the equivalent of basic training under Corporal Himmelstoss, they find him unfair and even cruel. "He is known as the toughest disciplinarian in the camp, but he pushes...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2009 1:40 am UTC

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A great deal of what Remarque was writing about was the battle of the men on the front, particularly Paul's battle amidst the destruction, the horror and the inhumanity of the war. In this regard,...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2012 9:32 am UTC

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This quote is an example of tremendous sarcasm. If we look at the context of the quote, we can see how this operates. The paragraph just before Kat says this quote to the narrator, the soldiers are...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2012 1:27 pm UTC

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In wartime there are countless injuries, and surgeons have great opportunities to practice their skills, as well as to experiment on patients. After Paul and Albert are wounded, they are taken to...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2014 4:11 am UTC

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Chapter 1 Paul Baumer and his classmates enlist in Germany's army during World War I because their teachers have told them doing so was a noble act. At first, Paul and the others spend...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2012 9:24 am UTC

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The schoolmaster Kantorek refers to his former students as "Iron Youth." Paul and Kropp scoff at the term Kantorek uses because it is incongruent with what the young soldiers have become. The word...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2016 6:43 pm UTC

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This question reminds me a lot like Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried." In that story, as is the case in wartime anywhere, closing a zipper, dreaming of home, a girlfriend or family member can...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2012 1:39 pm UTC

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In Chapter 7 of All Quiet on the Western Front, Paul narrates, We want to live at any price; so we cannot burden ourselves with feelings which . . . would be out of place here. From their...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2011 11:32 am UTC

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In Chapter 4 of All Quiet on the Western Front, Paul describes the nature of the earth. He says that the earth provides the soldiers with shelter and a place of safety. He comments on the shell...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2010 8:34 am UTC

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When Paul stabs this French soldier, he is already in a state of heightened tension and nerves, "strained to the upmost." As such, it is completely without thinking that he stabs the body that...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2018 8:00 am UTC

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All Quiet on the Western Front tells the story of a group of young soldiers fighting for Germany in the First World War. Encouraged by their teachers to do their part for their country, many of...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2010 8:07 am UTC

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Paul Baumer is the protagonist of All Quiet on the Western Front. He is presented as a typical German youth of his generation. He likes to socialize and drink with his friends and woo young women....

Latest answer posted March 21, 2020 11:51 pm UTC

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As his chronicle of the war continues, there is an emotionless, benumbed quality to Remarque's writing, as though he is conditioned to the horror. For instance, in Chapter Six in a mention of the...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2010 12:08 am UTC

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but your assignment does not actually require you to take the words directly from the book, right? Is it a "found poem" or are you just incorporating details and themes?...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2012 11:56 pm UTC

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Chapter 6 in Remarque's work is a good place to find evidence of how World War I impacted the soldier. Remarque shows the transformation of the soldier in World War I. One instance in chapter 6...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2016 2:21 pm UTC

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The significance of the quote is that it shows Paul's desperation and fear in the face of the enemy soldiers, as well as the changes in men during the war. When the enemy drops shells on Paul and...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2019 2:42 am UTC

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At the beginning of the novel, Paul--like his classmates--is naive. He does not understand the true implications of the war, nor does he understand what it will mean to be a soldier. He is easily...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2010 9:00 am UTC

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An obituary should be a short summary of the life of the deceased as well as an account of their death. It may also include information regarding a funeral or memorial if there is one. Start by...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2018 2:57 pm UTC

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It’s hard to identify one particular theme in Chapter Ten of Erich Maria Remarque’s World War I novel All Quiet on the Western Front, as it covers a great deal of literary ground, extending from...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2014 3:24 pm UTC

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In All Quiet on the Western Front, boots represent playing the part of a soldier. In Chapter 2, Paul says of his boots, "standing up one looks well-built and powerful in these great drainpipes. But...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2016 8:42 pm UTC

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Erich Maria Remarque, the author of All Quiet on the Western Front, claimed that his purpose of writing the book was only to chronicle the generation of World War One: This book is to be neither...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2009 9:34 am UTC

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Leer, one of the minor characters in Erich Maria Remarque’s novel All Quiet on the Western Front, is depicted in a number of different episodes before he meets his ultimate fate. Those episodes...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2012 1:22 pm UTC

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The end of the chapter and the description of what it feels like to be in the open air is a reaction to watching his friend die. The horror of the hospital tent and the unconcern of the doctors and...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2018 1:37 pm UTC

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I think a strong argument can be made that the lice in Chapter 5 are indeed symbolic of the men involved in war. Paul notes that "killing each separate louse is a tedious business when a man has...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2009 7:58 am UTC

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Chapter Three furthers the theme of comaraderie as salvation from some of the horrors of war. After the reinforcements arrive, Stanislaus Katczinsky, known as Kat, arrives and, soon therafter, he...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2012 2:53 am UTC

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