All Quiet On The Western Front Analysis

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All Quiet on the Western Front demonstrates how expendable soldiers are during war by using a pair of boots that are passed on soldier to soldier as the owner who wears the boots dies. The boots are first discovered by Kemmerich, one of Paul’s friends, who finds them on a fallen paratrooper. Inheriting them as his own, Kemmerich wears them as it is better to fight with boots that prevent your feet from tiring as quickly and from the cold. He feels that these boots will make fighting more tolerable and becomes very comfortable with them. When Kemmerich is shot and killed in battle, his best friend Muller takes the boots from him because he doesn't want the higher officers confiscating the boots because they are a luxury to have in the camps.
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