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"All Quiet On The Western Front"

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ok this papaer is about a theme in all quiet ont eh western front on how war changes a man and using examples of Paul(the main charecter) is changed by war from a young 18 yr old school boy full of life hopes n junk like that and in less than a year after fighting onthe fronti mixed a couple themes somewhere inthe middle of the paper .if your going to use this one i suggest that you read through it real quick and maybe take out a couple parts where u feel its sort of leading away fromteh main theme.this paper is complete with cited qoutes form the book and a pretty solid structure. There might be a couple typos the spell check didn't catch too.A traumatic experience can really take a toll on a person mentally and physically. In many ways they are never the same. The effect of war on a soldier is one experience that would make some not even want to live any more. A soldiers life during war time is a long and dangerous one, you grow up fast when you're in a war. Mainly because you are forced to; otherwise you are better off dead. An example of a traumatic change in a person during warfare in All Quiet on the Western Front is Paul Baumer. Paul was a compassionate and sensitive teenager just out of high school; before the war, but once he steps in his first trench burying himself in the dirt trying to stay alive using the earth as his shield, his life can never be the same."This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it."(Remarque; All Quiet..., Epigraphy)Paul didn't realize that quote until it was too late. War is glorified by all of Paul's influences, his teachers, parents, and friends. They make him think that if you don't fight, then you are a coward and have no pride in your country. All other war books before this one were ones about romance and war or exciting adventures. These stories they hear from their elders are ones pumping their heads full of glory and pride nationalism and patriotism, but fail to mention the death and despair of war, not just the death of yourself but worse the death of thousands of your comrades and friends and you get to sit there and watch these grotesque images while they burn the image in the back of your mind guts spewed across the upturned earth body parts and limbs separated from their owners blood gurgling screams coming in from all sides of you. After witnessing that war isn't so glorious.Defending their country was their duty and what was expected of them by their elders and doing your duty was honorable. Paul was a quiet, kind, sensitive, young boy. This is shown through the way he respects his parents and teachers and his poetry. His whole character is changed in about the first 2 weeks of training camp when he gets acquainted with Corporal Himmelstoss. He defies his authority figure which he would of normally would have never done, this was when he realized that the elder's didn't know...

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