Throughout this novel, many of Paul's comerades die and he goes through gradual cycles of depression, due to this destruction of his life and his friend's lives. Only the facts are real and important to us. Paul's father is very patriotic and is proud of his son and his son's uniform. All Quiet on the Western Front doesn't employ a great deal of symbolism, but one important symbol in the novel is Kemmerich's boots. In Remarque's view, this emotional disconnection has a hugely destructive impact on a soldier's humanity; Paul, for instance, becomes unable to imagine a future without the war and unable to remember how he felt in the past. Only the Militiaman Stanislaus Katczinsky has died. Paul's journey home and his experiences with them reveal not only how war experiences change soldiers, but how civilians at home are not in a position to empathize with soldiers.
Erich Maria Remarque, writer of the novel. Soldiers no longer pause to mourn fallen friends and comrades; when Kemmerich is on his deathbed, at the beginning of the novel, the most pressing question among his friends is who will inherit his boots. Paul is the protagonist and narrator of the novel. To Paul, this soldier is more a brother than an enemy. A second symbol, butterflies, derives in part from Remarque's childhood hobby of collecting insects and mounting them in a case. Paul and his friends are seduced into joining the army by nationalist ideas, but the experience of fighting quickly schools them in nationalism's irrelevance in the face of the war's horrors.
This metaphor is comparing the war to a fever. In this chapter, Paul is describing the base camp that he returned to after his days of leave. Paul can't fathom not seeing him again if Kat is sent home from the war. They talk as they go, blood dripping from Kat's wounds to the ground in front of Paul as he runs and sweats. As Kantorek and his speeches are recalled throughout the novel, Paul and his friends become increasingly disgusted by them; their experience of war has made them increasingly cynical about patriotism and nationalism. He thinks that his father's patriotism is misguided and that his questions are insensitive.
He was sympathetic to a messenger dog that was shot. A night nurse, rousted by insistent wardmates, scurries to the aid of Albert, whose wound has broken open and begun to bleed. Another nun, Sister Libertine, spreads cheer among the men, who repay her goodness with deep gratitude, especially after she returns Little Peter from almost certain death in the room beside the morgue. The life that has borne me through these years is still in my hands and my eyes. Instead of the hand-to-hand combat and the trench warfare of the past, today's modern wars can kill millions at the push of a button. Whereas war novels before All Quiet on the Western Front tended to romanticize what war was like, emphasizing ideas such as glory, honor, patriotic duty, and adventure, All Quiet on the Western Front sets out to portray war as it was actually experienced, replacing the romantic picture of glory and heroism with a decidedly unromantic vision of fear, meaninglessness, and butchery. Worn by Kemmerich before his injury, they were undoubtedly stripped from a downed British airman before changing hands, which they do twice more as successive owners die.
Remarque, like many of his lost generation, suffered postwar trauma and disillusionment. Kemmerich himself took them from the corpse of a dead airman, and as Kemmerich lies on his own deathbed, Müller immediately begins maneuvering to receive the boots. The overriding theme of All Quiet on the Western Front is the terrible brutality of war, which informs every scene in the novel. He falls, setting Kat down. But so long as it is there it will seek its own way out, heedless of the will that is within me.
If for one hour in a year something eatable were to be had in some one place only, within that hour, as if moved by a vision, he would put on his cap, go out and walk directly there, as though following a compass, and find it. Kemmerich's high, supple boots are passed from soldier to soldier as each owner dies in sequence. She is in bed and is very ill with cancer. The boots also symbolize the necessary pragmatism that a soldier must have. Kemmerich's boots symbolizes the change of the men's value system. I will come back again! I want to feel the same powerful, nameless urge that I used to feel when I turned to my books. Then I know nothing more.
Many of the novel's harshest critiques of nationalism are reserved for the character of Kantorek, the teacher whose impassioned speeches convinced Paul and his friends to join the army at the onset of the war. This is ironic because one would not expect a German soldier to help out a French soldier while trying to survive a bombardment. Do you have information on how you created these? Amid this horrific violence and numbness, the overblown phrases of nationalistic rhetoric quickly lose their persuasive power and take on a loathsome quality of hypocrisy and ignorance. What do you think of the ending of All Quiet on the Western Front, and how does it make readers feel? This is comparing the men to a block that is motionless and seems to have no features. Again and again, Remarque would return to scenes of the war and to postwar Germany for subjects of his novels. Humor-Humor is obviously something that makes us laugh. We've lost any desire to conquer the world.
These include: similes, metaphors, irony, apostrophe, themes lost generation, carmaraderie , tone, humor, symbolism. He has much more in common with this soldier he has killed than he does with even his family in Germany. At the same time, the vision of her fresh good looks emphasizes Paul's scruffy clothes and infestation with lice. His point of view — similar to the common soldier of any nation — provides the reader with insights concerning the shocking events that led to the alienation and displacement of his entire age-group. The world would read his words and understand the questions of his generation, and the critics would treat his book kindly. These experiences put Paul on edge as he goes home because he perceives a clear emotional difference between himself, and the civilians at home who know nothing of the violence and death on the front lines of the war.
I hope you never fall ill or have any misfortune befall you. He does not fit in with everyone at home because they know nothing of the horrors of war. I saw your templates you created. Shattering of life can be applied to this entire novel because of the theme The Lost Generation. The very day this thought struck me, I put pen to paper, without much in the way of prior thought.
These men are subject to constant physical danger, as they could literally be blown to pieces at any moment. I see how peoples are set against one another, and in silence, unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slay one another. Additionally, Paul and his friends do not consider the opposing armies to be their real enemies; in their view, their real enemies are the men in power in their own nation, who they believe have sacrificed them to the war simply to increase their own power and glory. The only way for soldiers to survive is to disconnect themselves from their feelings, suppressing their emotions and accepting the conditions of their lives. In graphic scenes, Russian prisoners exchange their boots for crusts of bread; dismembered bodies lose not only boots, but the feet and legs they cover. This motif of animal instinct contributes to the larger theme that war destroys the humanity of the soldier, stripping away his ability to feel and, in this case, making him act like a beast rather than a man.