In "All Quiet on the Western Front", what does Kantorek pressure the men to do?In Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, what is Kantorek's role?
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 big voice whose, "Won't you join up, Comrades" persuades the boys (for they weren't men yet) that war is a noble cause.
Paul sees the irony in Kantorek's words (since Kantoreck himself did not volunteer to serve), but philosophically observes:
There were thousands of Kantoreks, all of whom were convinced that they were acting for the best--in a way that cost them nothing.