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Too innocent and inexperienced at first to foresee the violent shift in his thinking

Too innocent and inexperienced at first to foresee the violent shift in his thinking

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Too innocent and inexperienced at first to foresee the violent shift in his thinking, Paul, whose last  name comes from the German word for  tree , must learn to bend and sway with violent forces in  order to remain firmly rooted in reality and to survive the inhuman buffeting that besets the German  army. His thought processes are continually pulled to and fro, from the romantic notions of war he  learned in school to the horrific lessons he absorbs through war's random destruction of his friends.  Not capable of M ü ller's pragmatism, Paul nonetheless adapts to war and passes along the training  he gains from Kat and from personal experience to the raw recruit who does not respond quickly  enough to poisonous gas. Paul's delicacy and understanding extends to advice about tossing away  underpants soiled by the young soldier during his first bombardment. The reader assumes that Paul 
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