(3) The schoolmaster, Kantorek, recruited the men to enlist, and at least one member of their class did so unwillingly. Paul remarks that Kantorek was convinced that he was acting “for the best,” but in the end, Paul feels like the entire army has been let down by schoolmasters and recruiters who convinced them to enlist in a heroic—but deadly—job. Prior to the war, Paul and his colleagues viewed authority figures as those who have great wisdom and insight; however, that image is destroyed when the men see their first death. Paul now believes that they—the soldiers—are the ones with the greater wisdom. Locate at least 2 pieces of textual evidence that support this analysis and be sure to include the central idea of disillusionment in your answer.
The central idea of disillusionment is presented when Paul stated, “ The idea of authority, which they represented, was associated in our minds with a greater insight and a more human wisdom. But the first death we saw shattered this belief…The first bombardment showed us our mistake, and under it the world as they had taught it to us broke in pieces”( Remarques 8). The image they were convinced with was destroyed after the first death. They “already knew that death ores are stronger”(Remarques 8-9).