How Is Paul Beuar Presented As A Dynamic Character

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When Paul Baumer enlisted for World War I, he was unaware of how his mentality would drastically change. Throughout All Quiet on the Western Front, Paul is presented with situations that conflicts with his personality, and the war itself conflicts with how he feels he should acts. A once sensitive man who wrote poetry, Paul was a dynamic character who ended up a burnt-out, torn up man with no regards to other’s feelings, much less his own. All Quiet on the Western Front exemplifies how repeated exposure to the horrors of war left Paul Baumer a hollow shell of a man. During All Quiet on the Western Front, Paul, a compassionate man, is forced to lose an aspect of his humanity, by hiding his emotions and disconnecting his emotions from his feelings. As a result, he becomes unable to feel at ease when he reunited with his family, and the idea of comfort becomes incomprehensible to him. When he visits his frail, sickly mother, she offers him whortleberries and potato cakes; however, Paul could not “feel at home amongst these things” (Remarque 160). Despite all of these comforts presented to Paul, he cannot shake the looming presence of the war, and all of the horrors that come with it. Once a caring man who loved his family …show more content…

Each of their deaths tremendously impacted Paul, but over time, Paul reacted less to each death until he became almost entirely numb to the concept of death. When Albert Kropp died, Paul said nothing more of him than, “parting from my friend Albert Kropp was very hard. But a man gets used to that sort of thing in the army” (Remarque 269). At this point, Paul Baumer became so desensitized that he lost the ability to grieve for his fallen comrade. The implication of his statement infers that Paul adapted to similar situations, and lost the ability to cope with grief long before the death of

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