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Hanifa Ayunisa Dr.Doug Campbell 20 th century 08 Oct. 2010 All Quiet on the Western Front is a novel written by Erich Maria Remarque. It is a war novel that tells a story of Paul Bäumer, an 18-year-old boy and his experience during World War I. In this novel, the author tries to explain about how the characters view the war in which they are fighting, how they view the leaders of their military, and how they view the soldiers against whom they are fighting. I believed that most of the characters in this novel felt that this war was shocking and appalling; some even considered that die was a better choice than survive in this battle. It was a contrast to the painful feeling that the characters in this story did not even really know what kind of war they dealt with. Kantorek, a high school schoolmaster, only told his students that this war was kind of “nationalistic duty” and told them that they would return as war heroes and the town would glorify them (Remarque 10-11). Being young and inexperienced, Paul and his friends were also told to have some new experiment and had no definite plans for their future. Most students accepted the idea, and they even encouraged one of their friends who did not want to join to the war until he joined. To their very surprise, when Paul and his friends reached the war zone, the front, they realized that this war was much different from what they were led to believe. Paul said that “to me the front was a mysterious whirlpool”. He felt that the whirl of the vortex sucking him slowly, irresistibly, inescapably into itself to describe that everybody were scared even though
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the enemies were still far away (Remarque 55).
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