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Isabella DawsonAll quiet on the western front All quiet on the western front brings a new perspective on previously misconceived notions of war. Through Paul and his fellow volunteers, Remarque shows the weak influence patriotism had on an actual soldier during World War I, as well as how the idyllic image of war that was painted for civilians at the time is nothing more than an illusory propaganda used to drown the horrific truth that eachsoldier will eventually learn as they enter into the world of trenches, weaponized gas, disease, and the true enemy Death. Before entering training for the war Paul’s teacher Kantorek pressured his students to volunteer for the war, Paul’s distrust of authority figures stems from thepro war propaganda spouted off from his old teacher Kantorek, as his misguided philosophy was the reason that Paul and his five other classmates volunteered for the war before being called, Many civilians shared Kantorek’s ignorant concept of war which was then used to coerce young men into believing that fighting for their country was a virtuous duty. Paul and his companions’ trust in Kantorek was met with betrayal when they reached the front with expectations of honor and dignity, however they quickly learned that their teacher had no knowledge of the hell he had sent his students to. This initial betrayal is the first step to the 6 boys’ loss of
innocence, as they can no longer depend on the advice of those who were supposedto be a trusted advisor. This explained their ridicule of Kanotrek’s letter calling