Summary Of All Quiet On The Western Front

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What does it mean to be a solider? How did the experience of fighting on the front lines change Paul baumer? The book “All Quiet on the Western Front” is based on two themes, catalyst for change and loss of identity. In “All Quiet on the Western Front”, the catalyst for change to the young human mind, how to change into men, and the War shows them how to be a German Solider in World War I, Before the War, Paul was a creative, sensitive, and passionate person, writing poems and having a clear love for his family. But during the war he changed his attitude and personality. Aspects of his past life become something Paul could not remember having any link to, and he learns to disconnect himself from his feelings. He feels he can't tell anyone about his experiences, and feels like an outsider where his family are concerned. By the end of the book, Paul realizes that he no longer knows what to do with himself and decides that he has nothing more to lose. The war appears to have took out his hopes and dreams, which he feels he can never regain. “was it very bad out there, Paul?” Mother, what should I answer to that! You wouldn’t not understand, you could never realize it. And you shall never realize it. Was it bad, you ask. –You, Mother,- I shake my head and say: “No, Mother, not so very. There are always a lot of us together so it isn’t so bad.” (Page 161) He is a catalyst for change because before the war he was a naïve young boy who thought nothing about death. Until he was in the war and changed his point of view on war and death from his mother having cancer. Before the war Paul was a sensitive, creative, a passionate person, and a clear love for his family. “At the sound of the first droning of the shells we rush ... ... middle of paper ... ...s are lying about enjoying a moment of relaxation, and have pushed their horrific experiences out of their minds. Paul says that terror can be survived only if one avoids thinking about it; otherwise feelings of grief, fear, and despair would drive a man mad. Paul even looks upon those feelings with contempt, calling them “ornamental enough during peacetime” and implying that they are luxuries rather than components of the human experience. Paul presents his list of recent casualties, friends, and comrades who were either killed or badly injured in fighting. After discussing catalyst for change, becoming soldiers and becoming men. We learn that the war is a serious place based on life or death. Being a solider means being loyal to your country And fighting for what’s rightfully yours. The war changed the men’s looked at the world by seeing how death really is.
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