The first chapter of All Quiet on the Western Front sets the tone quietly for the violent and often

The first chapter of All Quiet on the Western Front sets the tone quietly for the violent and often

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Unformatted text preview: The first chapter of All Quiet on the Western Front sets the tone quietly for the violent and often gruesome story to follow. Remarque takes us away from the action long enough to introduce the characters and setting, produce the initial tone of the narrator, set in motion various themes to be illustrated shockingly, and string together a group of symbols that will be amplified. The characters and setting are introduced through the eyes of the novel's narrator. Paul's comrades are partly school chums who spent many years together reading books, studying, and listening to their teachers. Paul ponders on Mller, with his textbooks of science and mathematics. Where will those textbooks take Mller in this war? Then there is Kropp, the quiet, thoughtful boy; these personal characteristics are hardly good ones for a hardened soldier. And Behm certainly represents personal characteristics are hardly good ones for a hardened soldier....
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