Finally, the last point of Throughout All Quiet on the Western Front, the concepts of comradeship displayed by both the characters and the characters actions allow for the thorough analysis and consideration of their overall works in the book. The results of this is greater than the victory of war, or the thrill of defying death. It is the glue which holds the men together, the “______” Comradeship improves the relationships between the men, give them a sense of trustworthiness and honesty with each other. Paul depends on not just his comrades, but their voices, to guide him through the deep dark
Expressing this strong feeling of betrayal through the character of Paul, Remarque strove to avenge the futile deaths of many in his generation by revealing the figures which persuaded them to engage in war and present audiences with insight into the true unglamourous nature of war. Additionally, during Remarque’s traumatic experiences fighting on the western front, he was strongly affected by the loss of a close comrade, who he rescued by carrying out of a fire only to witness his death, a situation eerily similar to the death of beloved anti-hero Kat, which had a profound negative impact on Paul Baumer. In the novel, in the midst of futile violence Paul’s fatherly figure and comrade Kat is shot in the shin and while desperately carrying him to receive medical attention, a fatal wound to his skull goes unnoticed by Paul. Remorse and emptiness overcomes Paul, even as orderlies are mystified by the strong emotion he could feel towards a comrade Paul contemplates in his mind, “Do I walk? Have I feet
They especially blame Kantorek for pushing them into the army and exposing them to the horrors of war, even though he knows how traumatizing it is. As a result, Kantorek, a man who was once idolized by these teenagers, is now despised. Remarque uses this incident to expose the injustice people in authority has done to these poor younger generations by manipulating their minds to make them believe war is amazing. People in authority abuse their power and misguide the youth. Thus, Remarque wrote All Quiet on the Western Front to be a statement against the human rights violations and the abuse of authoritative power that was present in Germany during World War I.
These thoughts terrify him because the prisoners could have been the German's allies with only "a word of command" (193). Such thoughts are perturbing to Paul because they place him in "the abyss" of non-feeling which is also known as the "annihilation of all human feeling" (194). Later in the book, Paul tries to save the life of the French soldier whom he has just stabbed because he has come to see the French soldier as a man rather than the enemy he feared when he suddenly jumped into the shell hole. Paul distinguishes his enemies such as the Russians and French as men because he wants to eschew the feeling of "abyss" or the "annihilation of all human
Throughout war and particularly World War 1, soldiers may encounter atrocious, terrifying experiences that sometimes no one could even imagine possible. War’s brutality overall can be extremely damaging to those who have served, with the loss of comrades and scaring deaths, potentially causing psychological damage. In the novel, All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, the group of men fighting and struggling for their country together overtime develop a special, strong bond with each other. When going through similar types of experiences, they are easily able to understand one another and eventually love and trust with a extreme bond like no other. The main character Paul Baumer and comrade Katczinsky especially express a powerful brotherhood, shown in many occasions.
Remarque uses diction and syntax as literary devices to express his anti-war theme, or lesson. Using diction, Remarque is able to communicate an anti-war theme in the novel All Quiet on the Western Front. For example, after a very arduous battle, Paul tells the reader “Monotonously the lorries sway, monotonously come the calls, monotonously falls the rain” (24). The use of the word monotonously shows how monochrome, black and white, and lifeless and dull the world feels. Furthermore, after another battle, Paul tells the reader “And at each call a little group separates itself off, a small handful of dirty, pallid soldiers, a dreadfully small handful, and a dreadfully
This book, All Quiet on the Western Front, gives countless examples that point to the main theme, war causes nihilism. During the war, soldiers lose their innocence. One example is when a new fair-haired recruit lost his innocence during his first bombing in the trenches. This boy is scared out of his mind. He is huddled on the ground in fetal position and his helmet has fallen off.
War habitually desensitizes and numbs the fighting soldiers due to the harsh, crippling events they have witnessed. War creates a feeling of endless hopelessness felt by the comrades during the war. In “All Quiet on the Western Front”, Erich Maria Remarque exposes the change of characterization of Paul Baumer from an innocent boy transformed by the monstrosities of war into a desensitized soldier by repeating the pattern of soldiers going to the front, being at the front, and then being away from the front to expose the personal destruction caused by it. On the way to the front, the comrades are experiencing rising anxiety and intimidating tension from the realization of the unavoidability death on the frontline. For example Baumer is thinking, “Every time it is the same.
The novel ends with, “ e fell in October, 1918, on a day that was so quiet and still on the whole Front, that the army report confined itself to the single sentence: All quiet on the Western Front” (140). Meaning that Paul died on a quiet day, a day when there wasn 't much action elsewhere on the Front. By the end of Remarque’s novel, the audience has seen the infernal assaults Paul has managed to survive, the fact that paul dies on a relatively peaceful day suggests that he was either comfortable with death, expecting it, or that he was so used to the violence he didn’t know what to do when it became quiet. The “expression of calm” that he died with leaves the audience knowing that he has found his peace. The impact the audience would have been shocked to see was that the war was so horrible that after all this fighting to stay alive, Paul was so relieved to die.
The soldiers carried military gear symbolic to the fear they carry with them in battle. Ted Lavender carried extra ammunition due to fear. The personal items the sol-diers carried are also precious and symbolic. Carrying their desires, homesickness, and love. Henry Dobbins carried his girlfriend’s pantyhose for comfort.