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All Quiet on the Western Front

by Erich Maria Remarque
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What are some quotes from All Quiet on the Western Front about over-powering desire and fear?

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At the end of Chapter 11, Paul says to Detering:  '" Don't do anything, silly Detering.'"  Detering has seen a cherry tree and has gone out to pick a branch full of cherry blossoms.  Paul knows that Detering is eager to return to his life on the farm because Detering has...

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At the end of Chapter 11, Paul says to Detering:  '" Don't do anything, silly Detering.'"  Detering has seen a cherry tree and has gone out to pick a branch full of cherry blossoms.  Paul knows that Detering is eager to return to his life on the farm because Detering has mentioned on many occasions that he hates being in the war and away from the beauty of nature on the farm (i.e. during the killing of the horses).  When Detering sees the cherry tree, he is overcome by his desire to return home.  This desire overpowers him; and instead of leaving the tree behind, his thoughts of home cause him to go out to pick the branch.  Detering is afraid that he will be killed in the war and unable to go home.  His desire and fear propel him to escape from the barracks to try to run away home.  He ends up being caught by the guards and is never heard from again.

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