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Paul and many of his comrades became known as the “Lost Generation” for a specific reason. According to dictionary.com the lost generation were “men and women who came of age during or immediately following World War I: viewed, as a result of their war experiences and the social upheaval of the time, as cynical, disillusioned, and without cultural or emotional
stability.”. Just like Paul he was delusional form how the adults said war was so good when it actually was not. In the beginning of the book Erich describes this book as “This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventureto those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped its shells, were destroyed by the war.”(0,Remarque). Erich is telling the story of how many like Paul who might have escaped the war can still feel the effects from it through PTSD. Paul did not feel like himself at the end or even at home because of the disillusionment from adults, and he did not feel like he could fit back into civilian life at home.