Friendship is probably the biggest theme in All Quiet on the Western Front. There are numerous examples of friendship being of paramount importance in the life of a soldier. In chapter five, Paul details how his friendship with Kat is unlike any he has ever felt outside of War and that they are closer than lovers. The irony is that they are cooking a goose in complete silence. He says that they are in complete unison. The are "so intimate that they do not speak."
A very sad commentary on friendship occurs when Paul is forced to kill the Frenchman Gerard Duval. Without thinking, Paul stabs him and causes him to die. As his mind begins to humanize his enemy, he is filled with sorrow at the effect that war has on human camaraderie. He thinks, "If we threw away these rifles and this uniform, you could be my brother just like Kat and Albert."
The importance of friendship and camaraderie during the trying times of war is a key element of Erich Maria Remarque ’s novel. Each time Paul Baumer grows...
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