Direct Characterization In All Quiet On The Western Front

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World War I had millions of deaths but the soldiers did not want those deaths. The book All Quiet on The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque is based around the outlook of a young soldier named Paul Baumer during World War I. The book shows all the ins and outs of what it was like as a soldier in World War I. Through the view of Paul we see an abundance of deaths. In AQotWF Erich Maria Remarque shows in war, one’s supposed enemy may not be one’s actual enemy--by using indirect characterization. In war, soldiers might find a woman that tickles their fancy. In the novel AQotWF this is shown when Paul and the boys find the group of French girls and are instantly drawn to the girls. Remarque says “I hold her arm tightly and press my lips into the palm of her hand. Her fingers close around my face. Close above me are her bewildering eyes, the soft brown of her skin and her red lips'' (Remarque 148). Paul has found himself attracted to one of the French girls and is describing the encounter. Paul is a soldier in the German army and is also getting involved with a French woman. Ironically the French and Germans are …show more content…

If he gets up to return to the trench he will be shot by the French soldiers so he is forced to wait for someone to run by so that he can stab them. Which does happen and Paul stabs a French soldier, Paul feels sorry and sad that he fatally injured the man. Remarque writes “In any case I must do it, so that if the fellows over there capture me they will see that I Wanted to help him, and so will not shoot me” (Remarque 220). Paul has found himself in a hole with a dying soldier whose injuries he is responsible for causing. Paul decides not to kill the man in case the French capture himl they will think that Paul was trying to save the soldier. Paul was supposed to show no remorse for the enemy but the soldier as human is not an actual enemy from Paul’s eyes the countries

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