All Quiet On The Western Front Changes

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All Quiet on the Western Front written by Erich Maria Remarque is a story of a young man named Paul Bäumer who volunteers to be a soldier in the German army during World War One. Being at a very young age Bäumer, and three of his friends whom also enlisted to the German army from the same school he attended, felt proud when enlisting “we were a class of twenty young men, many of whom proudly shaved for the first time before going to the barracks” (AQOTWF p.21). Very soon, however, Bäumer and the young men he enlisted with begin to feel indifferent and embittered of being in the army “At first astonished, then embittered, and finally indifferent.” (AQOTWF p.21/22). Joining the army for Bäumer changed the way he felt about everything he knew in the past, and the way he thought of the people who stayed back home. Bäumer said that as soldiers they “saw that there was nothing of the world left.” (AQOTWF p.13) and that they “were all at once terribly alone; and alone we must see it through.” (AQOTWF p.13). Meaning that Bäumer knew that people back home wouldn’t understand what they had gone through so they had to see it through alone, together as soldiers. As if they were different from the people who stayed back home.

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