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All quiet on the Western FrontThe novel all quiet on the western front is a story about World War 1 and the soldiers who fought in it. It is told from the perspective of Paul Baumer, a nineteen-year-old German whois fighting on the western front alongside his friends. He begins the war believing that it is the patriotic thing to do after the emotional abuse that he suffers from training and battle he begins toquestion whether the war is a good thing. Along the way, he losses friends while gaining emotional scars that change his views not only of himself and war but essentially life.Throughout the novel one can see that Paul changes but it is toward the end of the novel that we are fully able to see the extent of the damage that the war has done to his psyche. The emotional cost of war is a major theme in the novel and is one of the most important points that the author is trying to convey specifically about World War 1. Paul Baumer’s emotional damage is something that people on the home front don’t fully realize when they thinkabout what they soldiers are going through, instead they think more about the physical damage. Due to the strong nationalism belief, they believe the damage done by war is worth it if it is in the best interest of the country. If we didn’t have novels that told the firsthand account of wars like World War 1 than we would never be able to conceptualized the real coast of war.What Remarque is saying about World War 1 is that the people who started the war are not the ones who experience the harsh effects that is has on a personal level. It is made clear that the soldiers are aware of this when they discuss the war with each other. During this discussion Katczinsky, Paul friend and fellow soldier states the reason why the Kaiser started the war and why they are in it stating that “every full-grown emperor requires at least one war, otherwise he would not become famous (Remarque 206)”.1During a similar discussion about the leaders 1 Remarque, Erich Maria. All Quite on the Western Front.New York, NY: Ballantine, 2008, 206
involvement in the war earlier in the novel he begins to rhyme “Give’em all the same grub and all the same pay and the war would be over and done in a day (Remarque 41)”2. He is saying that

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