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All Quiet on the Western Front

Creating a found poem is a lot of fun and gives you an insight into how poets work and the differences between poetry and prose. There are a few ways you can approach this activity. Here is a...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2016 8:21 pm UTC

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All Quiet on the Western Front

The most telling influence on Erich Maria Remarque's writing of All Quiet on the Western Front (1929) is Remarque's experiences in World War I. Like many who lived through the horrors of the First...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2009 10:46 am UTC

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Sure, it is possible that Himmelstoss was really harsh on the men so that he could inspire a sense of brotherhood in them. One could argue that Himmelstoss wanted the men to learn how to rely on...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2010 2:28 am UTC

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All Quiet on the Western Front is an anti-war novel, and this quote, near the end of the novel, sums up the problem with warfare. It is spoken by Paul Bäumer, the novel's narrator and protagonist,...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2019 2:11 am UTC

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During the course of Erich Maria Remarque’s novel, Paul Bäumer becomes disillusioned with the patriotic messages that had supported the war. He worries about the actual status and mental attitudes...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2019 8:23 pm UTC

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In this chapter, Baumer says that he and his fellow soldiers are sort of like Bushmen, only worse. He says this because they have become primitive beings who have pretty much lost all vestiges of...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2010 12:24 pm UTC

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For Paul and his cohort of soldiers, growing up merely means growing older while carrying the experiences of a war that nobody else can understand. Paul thinks about the aftermath of the war as he...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2020 1:23 am UTC

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All Quiet on the Western Front

In the movie and novel All Quiet on the Western Front, Paul Baumer and his classmates must have graduated in 1915. A specific year is not mentioned in the story, so the reader/viewer has to use...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2010 8:45 am UTC

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In All Quiet on the Western Front, Paul and the other men are critical of their country, the conditions under which they fought, and particularly the officers of the German army. A country like...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2010 6:20 pm UTC

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In the book, the men say that they do not hate the fighter airplanes. In fact, they kind of enjoy them. They like watching the fighter pilots in their dogfights. It is like a form of...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2010 11:56 pm UTC

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This incident is one that shows the desperation of a failing army and the lengths to which authority figures will go to make things look better than they really are. It's one of the scenes that...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2009 12:58 pm UTC

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Unexpected and specific details can make description powerful or moving. An example from All Quiet on the Western Front is the following: [In school]...nobody ever taught us how to light a...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2020 12:54 am UTC

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Paul and his comrades navigate a landscape of death and destruction, wrought by the terrible weapons of World War I. Remarque spares few details in describing the physical effects of war on those...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2013 10:23 pm UTC

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As Paul returns to duty from his leave at home where he has realized that part of him has become deadened because he is no longer interested in his books, he tries to reclaim his humanity by...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2013 7:16 pm UTC

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All Quiet on the Western Front

Kantorek, Paul's old schoolmaster, seems to represent ideas of patriotism and the glory of self-sacrifice in war. His stance has appeal due to a number of reasons, including the sheer passion and...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2009 7:01 am UTC

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Paul Bäumer and his friends—Leer, Müller, and Kropp—are old schoolmates. They're all the same age—nineteen—and were all in the same class together at school. Paul and his friends enthusiastically...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2018 7:55 am UTC

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In All Quiet on the Western Front, Remarque is using Tjaden’s eating as an example to illustrate a statement he made in the previous paragraph. He writes that the soldiers, “in the midst of danger”...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2012 12:48 pm UTC

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All Quiet on the Western Front

After selecting the themes that the student feels most comfortable with, finding supporting details may be the first thing to do, followed by an organization of these details as they are ordered in...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2013 9:46 pm UTC

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Erich Maria Remarque published All Quiet on the Western Front in 1928, several years before the Nazi Party became a political force in Germany. The novel, which depicted the horrors of trench...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2016 12:41 am UTC

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It could be said that a person's sense of self is almost entirely constructed by their own surroundings. It is doubtful that any person could identify a facet of themselves that did not have its...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2020 9:20 am UTC

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In his book All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque uses various symbols and motifs to send a message about several ideas. Most of them, I feel as a reader, involve exposing the cruel...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2020 1:58 pm UTC

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For about the first half of the novel, Corporal Himmelstoss exercises considerable control over the young recruits’s lives. A sadist, he enjoys making them suffer more than he actually tries to...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2019 1:24 am UTC

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Although this Paul makes this statement in Chapter 11 near the end of the novel, he has been building up the support for it throughout the novel. The soldiers enter the war with little to no...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2010 9:12 am UTC

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I believe that a very good case can be made to support the opinion that Paul was indeed "almost glad the end had come." In Chapter 12, he notes the fact that of the seven classmates with whom he...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2010 2:01 pm UTC

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Near the end of the novel Paul says: And men will not understand us — for the generation that grew up before us, though it has passed these years with us already had a home and a calling; now it...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2010 8:36 am UTC

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At the beginning of Chapter 12, Paul has been sent to a hospital to rest because he has swallowed a bit of poison gas. While at rest, Paul reflects on the end of the war which he believes is soon...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2010 6:17 pm UTC

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Paul prefaces his narrative of war with the deluded appeal of Kantorek to his students to enlist, Kantorek would say that we stood on the threshold of life. And so it would seem. We had as yet...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2013 1:26 am UTC

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In Chapter 11 of All Quiet on the Western Front, the orderly's being mystified has nothing to do with the fact that Kat is dead. The narrative reads, "The orderly is mystified. 'You are not...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2010 4:32 am UTC

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The original question had to be edited down a bit. I think that Paul can speak for an entire generation through his own experience. He strives to take the individual's struggle and broaden it out...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2013 2:45 pm UTC

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Chapter 5 is a quiet chapter. It comes after the relenting trench warfare descriptions of chapter 4 and the gas attacks of chapter 6. Even though it is a quiet chapter, there is killing; chapter...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2009 9:23 pm UTC

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As the novel opens, Paul Baumer is young and impressionable, easily swayed by the rhetoric of his school-master. After the first battle, Paul realizes that those in authority may not have all the...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2009 3:47 am UTC

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An interesting aspect of the presentation of friendship in this book is the way in which a bond of unity is established between the young soldiers in opposition to the older soldiers alongside...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2012 1:58 pm UTC

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Kantorek, the German schoolmaster, represents the ideas of patiorism and the glory of self-sacrifice in war. A diminutive man, Kantorek would give long lectures about duty and courage, until the...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2009 5:51 am UTC

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The original question had to be edited down. I think that Paul's affection for his comrades is reflective of how isolating the war experience was. The reality that awaits Paul and those of his...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2013 1:10 pm UTC

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Baumer's schoolmaster, Kantorek, rallied his students with a compelling call to courage and patriotism. He convinced Baumer and most of his classmates that those who didn't serve in the military...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2009 1:19 am UTC

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Although All Quiet on the Western Front is set during World War I, there are many situations in the novel which could adversely affect contemporary soldiers. Reading a narrative in which war is...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2017 3:57 am UTC

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This is a huge question. I'll try to give you an overview of the main tones that set the stage for everything else. Remember, first of all, that the book is an account of WW1 through the eyes of a...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2010 4:25 am UTC

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If the focus is to create a gap of something that was not there, it might be interesting to see Paul return back to his hometown and engage one of the teachers who was so passionate to send the...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2013 10:42 am UTC

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After he is struck by a piece of shrapnel from a shell, Paul is loaded into an ambulance. He knows some surgery will be required to remove the shell fragment, and he worries about being...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2012 3:12 am UTC

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I was shocked and saddened to read of Paul's death at the end of the book. I actually read the page over a few times to make sure that his death was what had actually occurred. Towards the end of...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2010 6:08 pm UTC

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It is impossible to know what Paul's life would have been like had he survived, but one of the crucial points made in the book is that the lives of the young men had been altered in irreparable...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2012 11:41 pm UTC

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All Quiet on the Western Front was written by Erich Maria Remarque, a German veteran of World War I. The book has been described as one of the best wartime novels ever. It accurately relays the...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2020 11:09 pm UTC

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In the last chapter, Paul had started to lose his nationalism. This is his sense that he is a German, proud of his country and fighting for it against the bad guys. He has seen the Russian...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2010 10:57 pm UTC

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All Quiet on the Western Front was written by German World War I veteran Erich Maria Remarque in 1928 and tells of the intense mental and physical anguish that soldiers had to endure during that...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2020 1:28 am UTC

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I tend to think that one of the most historically significant points about the work is that Remarque is literally taking aim at the individuals in the position of power who perpetrated the war...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2013 1:18 am UTC

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All Quiet on the Western Front isn't especially replete with symbolism, but there are a number of recurring motifs in the story. Relevant to this particular question is the recurrence of the...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2020 10:05 am UTC

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It's important to bear in mind that All Quiet on the Western Front was written in 1928, five years before the Nazis came to power. That said, the book remains a trenchant critique of the militarism...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2020 12:22 pm UTC

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The important thing to remember in imitating Remarque is that style and point of view are related as both reflect the incomprehensibility and incredulity of war. For instance, since first person...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2011 11:00 pm UTC

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All Quiet on the Western Front

The primary theme shared by All Quiet on the Western Front and "Soldier's Home" is that of the devastating impact of combat experience in WWI on those most directly engaged in it; a secondary theme...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2018 3:39 am UTC

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To help you come up with your own answers about the literary devices that Erich Maria Remarque uses in the first chapter of All Quiet on the Western Front, let us review what the term “literary...

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