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Shayna Frances Thayer period 6 Last night we moved back and settled down to get a good sleep for once: Katczinsky is right when he says it would not be such a bad war if one could get a little more sleep. In the line we have had next to none, and fourteen days is a long time at one stretch. (pg. 14) This passage comes from the very beginning of the novel. Remarque uses point of view to further the plot through the narrator’s voice. This passage describes how bad World War I truly is without basic necessities like sleep. The narrator’s voice shows how just a little sleep wouldn’t make the war so bad, if only they could sleep and regain energy lost from the constant fighting. This passage is also ironic. It’s ironic because many thought war was glorious ad fighting would make men heroes, but the reality was far from that. The men didn’t expect to see the true horrors of war. They weren’t prepared to experience the horrible conditions with little sleep and still march on to fight. We began to jostle the fellow. No one felt kindly toward him, for it was his fault that the food often came up to us in the line too late and cold. Under shellfire he wouldn’t bring his kitchen up near enough, so that our soup- carriers had to go so much farther than those of the other companies. (pg. 16) This passage comes from the very beginning of the novel as well. This passage develops one important theme found throughout the novel: survival. It shows how the bitterness of war has caused the young soldiers to let go of manners and beat a man for food. This is an example of people turning to savage-like behavior in order to simply survive. In dire situations like war, morals no longer matter; the only thing that matters is the idea of social Darwinism: survival of the fittest. This passage shows just how far someone will go if it meant they lived another day. We have lost all sense of other considerations, because they are artificial. Only the facts are real and important for us. And good boots are scarce. (pg. 29) This passage although short speaks volumes about how war has turned young men into animals with only one concern, and that is survival. This passage continues to develop the theme of survival through the inconsiderate waiting for Kemmerich to die so that Müller can have his boots. As the narrator perfectly portrays this understanding that in this war courtesies no longer matter. The boots are a luxury in the war and means of how one gets them is immaterial. There are no morals, only the fact that without the boots you might not survive has meaning. This passage shows how the war has made the young soldiers see everything in black and white, there are no arguments, only the facts staring you in the eye.
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Shayna Frances Thayer period 6 From the earth, from the air, sustaining forces pour into us-mostly from the earth. To no man does the earth mean so much as to the soldier.
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