In Chapter 2 Paul feels utterly cut off from humanity our early life is cut off

In chapter 2 paul feels utterly cut off from humanity

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In Chapter 2 Paul feels utterly cut off from humanity; “our early life is cut off from the moment we came here,” Because of the war, he feels like he now has nothing. His relationship with his parents has weakened further, and he has no time for girlfriends or fun. He feels
totally isolated and empty. His only feelings of love and loyalty are those that he shares with his friends and fellow soldiers and he tries to think the best of them. In chapter five Paul and his friends continue to form an extremely close bond as we see the intensity of the soldiers’ friendships. They talk of what they would do if it was peace time. “well, there’d be women of course, eh?” However Haie cannot imagine himself as anything but a soldier. “If I were a non-com. I’d stay with the Prussians and serve out my time.” they can’t imagine themselves as anything but a soldier. In this chapter Remarque suggest that the solders would have never met each other and formed such a tight friendship if it wasn’t for the war. Paul marvels at the flood of emotion that he experiences while roasting the stolen goose with Kat. “We don’t talk much, but I believe we have more complete communion with one another than even lovers have.” Paul feels that him and Kat are extremely close, they know each other so well that they don’t need to talk. The bond between them is so strong. They feel in unison and are “so intimate that we do not even speak”. He and Kat would never have known one another in peacetime, but the war has brought their lives together. Remarque suggests that in peacetime social relationships can never reach the intimacy or intensity of soldier’s bonds. In Chapter 8, Paul goes back home on leave, however there is a feeling of “strangeness”, he no longer feels at home in his family’s house. “I find I do not belong here any more, it is a foreign world.” He feels separated from the people who don’t understand the front. “Was it bad out there Paul?” Paul can’t put the experiences of the war front in to words. Nobody would understand what it is like. Without his comrades he is alone he cant talk about such things to anybody else.

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