These innocent boys willing went to war not knowing

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These innocent boys willing went to war, not knowing what they were getting themselves into. They were forced to quickly give up their childhood and become men of war. Many who enlisted were adolescents who should have been living a care free life. Instead they were forced to quickly grow up with the pressure of knowing that at any moment they could die. I think that this enormous pressure caused them to become callous to the point where they were almost unable to
feel emotions. This book effectively shows the quick transformation from innocent young boy to calloused soldier and how this fast maturation seriously affects them.Remarque also conveys to the reader how great of a mental and emotional effect that the war had on the young boys who enlisted. By enlisting so early, if they survived and were able to go back home, many did not know how to handle a world without war. I think that for many of them, war was all that they had ever known and were not able to adjust to the civilian life. This was seen with Paul as well when he died. Paul wanted the war to end but he did not want to have to go back home because he could not handle the transition coming from the frontline. I believe that this is how a lot of the soldiers fighting on the frontline felt. The war was not just a temporary job; the war became a part of who they were and completely encompassed their lives. This explains why Paul dies so peacefully. The war had become his life, so when the war ended,

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