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All Quiet on the Western Front

I believe the detail for which you are looking is expressed by the quote, "we are falling back, we will not be able to atack again after this big offensive, we have no more men and no more...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2010 2:43 am UTC

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Having lost his youthful innocence and joie de vivre after being in war, Paul feels alienated from his family when he returns home on furlough. Upon his return to the front, Paul finds himself...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2013 3:16 am UTC

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Paul and his friends had first encountered Himmelstoss when they were new recruits and he was their drill sergeant. Himmelstoss, who had been a simple postman in civilian life, was a sadistic and...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2009 11:06 am UTC

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After Paul fatally wounds the French soldier in the shell hole, he begins to realize that the soldier is just a man like him. Throughout the novel, Paul has been saying that the war has robbed him...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2010 7:50 am UTC

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The question – “what is the effect of Paul with the extended experience of the dead man” – seems to refer to the events discussed in Chapter Nine of Erich Maria Remarque’s classic novel of the...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2014 3:46 am UTC

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Paul Baumer is the main character in All Quiet on the Western Front. The story is told through his point of view. One incident that defines Paul occurs on the battlefield. Paul is taking cover in a...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2012 2:31 am UTC

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The narrator says that Katczinsky has "a sixth sense," and calls him "the smartest man (he) knows." He cites the example of one night when the company had landed in "some entirely unknown spot, a...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2009 4:59 am UTC

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Paul despises Corporal Himmelstoss, who had "the reputation of being the strictest disciplinarian in the camp, and was proud of it". In Paul's words, Himmelstoss was a "small undersized fellow"...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2009 5:27 am UTC

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The most elemental answer here is that Paul's squad dies as a result of war. Part of what makes Remarque's work so powerful is that it demonstrates the sheer terror of war, and how the only...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2015 7:33 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2011 12:52 am UTC

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A static character is one that does not develop or grow as a story progresses. The function of this type of character is to help others, usually the protagonist of a novel. Whenever the protagonist...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2020 2:36 pm UTC

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After all the torment and anguish of Paul's experiences in war, death was a relief. For Remarque, war destroyed the entire generation of men-regardless of whether they survived the battles. In the...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2009 5:58 am UTC

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As the war is coming to an end in Chapter 12, Paul thinks that the end of the war will not be the end of the problems for his generation. He thinks that the horrors of the war will stay with them...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2010 10:25 pm UTC

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As a result of long days and nights of working on countless mutilated bodies under insufferable conditions, the surgeon has become callous to both the humanity and pain of the wounded soldiers that...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2008 2:08 pm UTC

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In relating Paul's experience with the French girl, the author is tying to show the romance and innocence that is still a part of Paul's nature. In contrast to Leer, who is "an old hand at the...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2009 2:58 pm UTC

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I will add on to the answer above by exploring the symbolism and meaning behind Gerard Duval's death. During the time that Paul Baumer has spent fighting in the war, he has never killed someone up...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2010 8:21 am UTC

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(response is based on the 1930 version of the film) In the film version of All Quiet on the Western Front, Joseph Behm is directly responsible for his own death (unless of course, one is looking...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2010 5:14 am UTC

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In this part of Chapter 6, the narrator talks about ways in which new recruits get killed because they do not know what they are doing. He mentions one reason right after the quote you provide us,...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2011 4:23 am UTC

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Paul does not like the soldiers’ brothels, but he succumbs to desire. Paul describes how the army keeps brothels for the soldiers to use, but he does not like them because they have to “wait in...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2013 7:17 pm UTC

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Having returned from leave, during which time he visited his ailing mother and realized that some of his feelings were nearly dead, Paul goes to a training camp. There, he spends time alone,...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2013 5:29 am UTC

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As the narrative progresses, Paul becomes more disenchanted with authority. He understands that no authority can govern what is happening on the front, in the reality of battle. A great example...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2013 12:52 am UTC

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It might seem rather odd for a young man who is dying to calm and even glad as he dies; however, All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Remarque, depicts the many tragedies and kinds of deaths...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2013 12:14 am UTC

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Kantorek is the schoolmaster whose inflammatory speech stirred such patriotism in his students that all (but one) joyfully volunteer to fight "for the Fatherland." Kantorek is a small man with a...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2009 3:48 am UTC

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Although the war is near its end, Germany continues to fight even though there is no hope of winning. The men feel as though they are prisoners sentenced to death; they fight at the front, then...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2011 8:00 am UTC

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Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front is full of incidents which dramatically change characters' perspectives on all kinds of things. When Paul goes home, he has several changes in...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2010 12:33 pm UTC

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For many soldiers mentioned in the novel, a particularly difficult experience to bear was being forced to stay in the dugouts. Often soldiers experienced bouts of paranoia while in the dugouts...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2010 8:06 am UTC

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In Chapter Six of All Quiet on the Western Front, Paul Baumer reflects upon his and his comrades' experiences at the front where they have been witness to the horrors of war, having seen the earth...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2013 4:25 pm UTC

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Readers of Erich Maria Remarque’s novel of World War I told from the perspective of a young German soldier, All Quiet on the Western Front, are not told the age of the character known simply as...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2019 2:02 am UTC

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Although it is a work of fiction, All Quiet on the Western Front exhibits many truthful elements. Remarque does not pull any punches when describing the conditions of war. This story depicts the...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2020 10:47 pm UTC

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I agree with both answers, but would add that AQWF also was an embarrassment for Germany. The soldiers were abandoned for all intents and purposes, left to use machinery that was actually killing...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2007 10:36 am UTC

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In chapter 4, Paul talks about the change that takes place in the soldiers as they approach the front. At the sound of the first droning of the shells we rush back...a thousand years. By the...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2012 4:24 am UTC

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In order to figure out the answer, just keep reading a bit past where the word "overhaul" actually occurs. Basically what is going on here is that the soldiers are changing their bayonets to take...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2010 8:32 am UTC

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Paul Baumer is very perceptive in his characterization of the other characters in Chapter 1. It is clear that he holds a special affection for the three boys with whom he once was classmates,...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2009 6:25 am UTC

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Here's ONE example as a model: In Chapter 4, the men watch the horses ride out carrying ammunition and supplies to the front. Paul comments on how magnificent the horses appear. Later, the men...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2010 5:42 am UTC

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The fate of Paul can be seen to be linked to one of the principal themes of this excellent novel, which is the shocking brutality of war. This is something that pervades every aspect of the novel...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2012 1:34 pm UTC

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November 11, 1918 is Armistice Day, the day Allied powers signed a cease-fire agreement with Germany, effectively ending World War I. The date is significant to the book because it comes too late...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2009 1:45 am UTC

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Paul's voice can be the narrative vehicle in which symbols can communicate some of his own feelings regarding the war experience. When Paul returns to the battlefield, he can talk about how the...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2015 1:14 pm UTC

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In Chapter 4 of All Quiet on the Western Front, the men fall into several attacks, and by the time gas is used, the men are in a graveyard. All along, Kat has been having premonitions about...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2016 4:51 pm UTC

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There are two reasons why Paul bandages up the French soldier even though he was the one who stabbed the Frenchman in the first place. One reason is selfish, one is not. The selfish reason is for...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2010 1:38 am UTC

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Removed from the refuge of home and peace, camaraderie forms a refuge from the horrors of war and alienation for the young men who have enlisted for the glory of their nation. This fraternity of...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2013 4:25 am UTC

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All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque, chronicles the experiences and thoughts of Paul Baumer, a young German soldier who is the protagonist of this story; it is through his eyes...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2013 5:10 am UTC

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Generally, loss in the form of death is portrayed without emotion. When Paul's close friend Muller dies, he simply reports, "Muller is dead. Someone shot him point-blank in the stomach with a Verey...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2012 9:35 am UTC

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All Quiet on the Western Front is full of such events, and Paul, the narrator, frequently refers to the war in these ways. Perhaps the one event that embodies all of these aspects of war is Paul's...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2019 9:19 pm UTC

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Paul Baumer is of course the protagonist and narrator of this incredible war-time novel, and through him the author voices his own ideas and opinions about the war. His major importance consists in...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2011 6:23 pm UTC

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Much like Tim O'Brien's character in The Things They Carried, Paul Baumer is a sensitive, compassionate narrator whose comrades' deaths heighten his awareness that war is absurd. Initially, Paul...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2009 10:58 am UTC

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As Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front opens, narrator Paul Bäumer and his comrades are resting behind the front lines. Of the 150 men in their unit, only 80 had survived their...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2016 2:26 pm UTC

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Another factor is that Paul has forgotten what his outlook was like before the war -- he can approximate it in his memory but he can't actually "remember" it enough to put on the facade. The trauma...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2012 2:03 pm UTC

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The question of what it means to be an enemy, so apparently simple, particularly in wartime, is explored in practically all literature that deals with war at all. One of the points most frequently...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2020 1:21 am UTC

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(I'm not sure if the director intended the following, but it's a possible interpretation.) In the novel All Quiet on the Western Front, Detering sees a cherry tree in bloom and it reminds him of...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2010 8:26 am UTC

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From the beginning of his service in the military in the novel All Quiet on the Western Front, the protagonist, Paul Baumer, feels lost and disconnected from his earlier life. In Chapter Two, he...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2016 1:46 pm UTC

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