All Quiet on the Western Front Review Essay
August 30, 2014
All Quiet on the Western Front
All quiet on the western front is said to be the greatest war novel of all time. Written by Erich Remarque, this novel is set in the early 1900’s during World War 1. It is told in the voice of Paul Baumer, a young German soldier who joins the war to fight on the French front. We follow the events of Paul’s life during the war as well as his group of comrades with whom he lives and learns. While Paul and his friends once entered the war with a child-like innocence, they are quickly shaken with the realistic and painful lives that they are living. They learn to understand the brutality of the war that they are in and that maybe “to die for one’s …show more content…
Another early scene depicts Paul and his friends on the toilets around each other playing cards and talking. Paul reminisces on the fact that when he first was out here, he had been very shy and embarrassed to sit on the public latrines just as the other newbies always seem to be. However they no longer have any shame in this and find that of all the things they have to worry about, this is not one of them. This is one of the first samples we see in which Paul and his comrades seem to lose a piece of their innocence that they had when they first came to the war. In school, a teacher that the boys shared named Kantorek convinced them to voluntarily enlist in the war. They were told that it would be honorable to fight for their country. Everyone, even the recruits and politicians, were sure that it would be a quick war. Some men even feared that the war would end before they could even get there. After all, they were only boys. They were young men fresh out of high school that had never experience true terror and pain that they had now become accustomed to.
Paul gets his first glimpse of real loss when one of his friends and former classmates, Franz Kemmerich loses his