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Thematic Analysis of All Quiet on the Western Front Thematic Analysis of All Quiet on the Western FrontHave you ever wondered what the actual horrors of WWI are like? Erich Maria Remarque depicts these horrors through the eyes of a soldier named Paul Bäumer. Paul Bäumer, the narrator and protagonist in All Quiet on the Western Front, is a character who develops extensively within the course of the novel. As a young man, he is persuaded to join the German Army during World War I. Paul quickly learns that it is not as glorious as the military leader say it is. This three-year ordeal is marked by Paul's short, but tragic trek into adulthood as he learns to cope with the trials and tribulations of war. In the wake of a struggle, which claims millions, Paul loses his precious innocence as he is further isolated from society and engulfed by bloodshed. Sadly, the book ends with the death of Paul, but not before he witnesses the painful death of his entire classmates who enlisted with him. Paul's evolution throughout Remarque’snovel is a result of Man’s ability to adapt through the most horrific experiences.