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All Quiet On The Western Front

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World War I was supposedly "The War to End All Wars". It was such a terrible conflict, a war so great it affected the entire globe. This is how we today, in the year 2000, view World War I; from an overall perspective. However, the theme of All Quiet on the Western Front gives us the war from the perspective of one individual enemy soldier. His life was destroyed at such a young age because he was forced to fight for the problems caused by past generations.Experiences reflecting Theme The experiences, actions, and statements of Paul Baumer tie into this theme. Baumer, a German front line soldier and the narrator and main character of the novel, begins with his seven friends during the first year of the war. At the tender age of 19, they were drafted to fight. Paul says "We are alone fighting for the tribulations of our fathers. They caused these problems, but where are they now?" (page 7). Paul clearly states his opinion of the war here, and throughout the novel many experiences reinforce it.Being with these seven men for so long naturally gives them a feeling of comradeship. In just about every chapter in the novel, someone Paul knows is killed. Chapters one through six describe the warfare and battles, and shows how many of Paul's friends are lose their lives. Such events are a shock to Paul, and cause him to resent past generations who brought about this war. In chapter seven, Paul and his friends are moved further behind the front lines for a rest. For the next seventeen days, Paul is given time to spend at home. During his experience, however, he is disappointed because he feels that he does not fit in, and that the war has destroyed his youthfulness and ambition. Paul looks at himself and his family and recogizes the despair that the war has caused him. Again, the war has degraded Paul and changed his life for the worst, all because of the atrocities brought on by his forefathers.When Paul returns from his absence in chapter eight, he undergoes a brief military refresher course at a Russian prison camp. At this place, Paul is awed by the Russian prisoners. He sees many young men just like him being tormented and abused, and working in hard labor. This depresses Paul, and further reinforces his doubts about war.A tragic event occurs in chapter nine, in which Paul is forced to kill a French soldier by the name of Gerard Duval. Being face to face with an enemy he had never seen so closely further weakens Paul's conscience, and once again causes him to scold his ancestors for causing such mayhem.By the end of chapter eleven, all of Paul's friends have been killed, the German war machine has crumbled, and Germany itself is thrown into disarray. Looking around at such destruction, Paul finally loses the will to live. In Fall 1918, one month before the end of the war, Paul Baumer is killed.Plot reflecting Theme While the experiences of Paul relate the theme most significantly, there are also a few elements in the plot of All Quiet on the Western...

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