All Quite On The Western Front Analysis

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All Quite On The Western Front Analysis

Views On Changes of the Human Spirit During War

*All Quiet on the Western Front shows the change in attitudes of the men before and during
the war. This novel is able to portray the overwhelming effects and power war has to
deteriorate the human spirit. Starting out leaving you're home and family pr

d and ready to fight for you country, to ending up tired and scarred both physically and mentally beyond description.
*At the beginning of the novel nationalist feelings are present through pride of Paul and
the rest of the boys. However at the end of the war it is apparent how pointless war
really is.

*All Quiet on the Western Front is a novel that greatly helps in the understanding the
effects war. The novel best shows the attitudes of the soldiers before the war and during
the war. Before the war there are high morals and growing nationalist feel

gs. During the war however, the soldiers discover the trauma of war. They discover that it
is a waste of time and their hopes and dreams of their life fly further and further away.
The remains of Paul Baumer's company had moved behind the German front l

es for a short rest at the beginning of the novel. After Behm became Paul's first dead
schoolmate, Paul viewed the older generation bitterly, particularly Kantorek, the teacher
who convinced Paul and his classmates to join the military. " While they tau

t that duty to one's country is the greatest thing, we already that death-throes are
stronger.... And we saw that there was nothing of their world left. We were all at once
terribly alone; and alone we must see it through."(P. 13) Paul felt completely

etrayed. " We will make ourselves comfortable and sleep, and eat as much as we can stuff
into our bellies, and drink and smoke so that hours are not wasted. Life is short." (P
139) Views of death and becoming more comfortable with their destiny in the

r became more apparent throughout the novel. Paul loses faith in the war in each passing day.
* Through out the novel it was evident that the war scarred the soldiers permanently
mentally. Everyone was scared to go to war when it started. Young recruits were first sent
because the veterans knew they were going to come back dead. "When we run

t again, although I am very excited, I suddenly think: "where's Himmelstoss?" Quickly I
jump back into the dug-out and find him with a small scratch lying in a corner pretending
to be wounded." (P 131) Even the big men like Himmelstoss are scared to go

ght. "He is in a panic; he is new to it too. But it makes me mad that the young recruits
should be out there and he here." (P 131) The soldiers were being crushed and seeing
things get destroyed, but because they had detached themselves they thought t
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