All Quiet on the Western Front - Meredith 1 Meredith Cheyenne Professor Brillman EUH 2030 All Quiet on the Western Front All quiet on the western front

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Meredith 1 Meredith Cheyenne Professor Brillman EUH 2030 August 30, 2014 All Quiet on the Western Front All quiet on the western front is said to be the greatest war novel of all time. Written by Erich Remarque, this novel is set in the early 1900’s during World War 1. It is told in the voice of Paul Baumer, a young German soldier who joins the war to fight on the French front. We follow the events of Paul’s life during the war as well as his group of comrades with whom he lives and learns. While Paul and his friends once entered the war with a child-like innocence, they are quickly shaken with the realistic and painful lives that they are living. They learn to understand the brutality of the war that they are in and that maybe “to die for one’s country” is not as sweet an honorable as they once thought. Throughout the book, there is a constant theme of war and the difficulties of it. It is up to the reader to decipher if they consider the novel to be pro- or anti- war. The book begins at suppertime after coming back from the front lines. Out of their company of 150 men to have gone with them, only 80 returned. Paul and his comrades believed that the extra rations that had been prepared should be dispersed among the remaining men. It is here that we first meet some of Paul’s comrades in war. There is Mueller, Kropp, and Katczinsky. Mueller is said to have been the more realistic one of the group. He sees the war for what it really is and his observance seems to foreshadow the loss of innocence among his friends as they progress through their life in the war. He is only 20 years old but he feels as if he is an old man saying that this youth was stolen by the war. Kropp is one of Paul’s closest friends as well as
Meredith 2 having been a classmate of his in school. He is also 20 years old and understands that the war is not full of glory as they were once made to believe. He constantly argues about the fact that they

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