All Quiet On The Western Front By Erich Maria Remarque Essay

1235 Words Feb 6th, 2015 5 Pages
World War I was a terrible brutality war and the effect it had on the soldiers was gruesome. All Quiet on the Western Front, a war novel by Erich Maria Remarque, sets out to portray war as it was actually experienced. Paul Bäumer enlists with his classmates in the German army of World War I. These young men become enthusiastic soldiers, but their world of duty, culture, and progress breaks into pieces under the first bombing in the trenches on the Western Front. Over the brutal years of war there was camaraderie amongst the soldiers, despite having their youth taken away from them, and their inhumanity to man.
Throughout all the horrifying pictures of death and inhumanity, Remarque does distribute a positive quality: comradeship. In chapter five, Paul and Kat have captured a goose and are roasting it late at night, Paul says, "We don 't talk much, but I believe we have a more complete communion with one another than even lovers have. We are two men, two minute sparks of life; outside is the night and the circle of death" (94). As he watches Kat roasting the goose and hears his voice, it brings Paul peace and reassurance. Over and over again, in scenes of battle and scenes of rest, we see the comradeship of this tiny group of men. Even though Paul counts their losses at various points, he always considers their close relationship and attempts to keep them together to help each other. In chapter nine, when Paul is alone in the trench, he loses his nerve and his direction…

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