Who is a static character in the book All Quiet on the Western Front?

Static characters in All Quiet on the Western Front include Kantorek, Detering, Frau Baumer, and Kat. Kantorek maintains his denial and patriotism, Detering is never able to endure being a soldier, Frau Baumer remains a devoted mother, and Kat remains unchanged by the stresses of combat. Most of the characters in the novel are dynamic and go through profound changes because of the war.

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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 is facing some dilemma, the static character is there to help out. It is a figure whose personality does not change from the beginning of a novel to the end.

Author Erich Maria Remarque (1898–1970) presents a realistic war novel in All Quiet on the Western Front. The story is set on the German side of the front line during World War I. The protagonist is Paul Baumer, a young German soldier who serves as the narrator of the tale. Remarque, who is a pacifist and anti-war novelist, demonstrates the horrors of war and the ill effects it has on its soldiers. According to the author, both sides in a military conflict are united by the misery of combat, and they dramatically change their attitudes toward life and their personalities from the outset of the war to the conclusion. At the beginning of the...

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