In World War I, people knew very little about war, they saw propaganda in the same way we might see an advertisement of shampoo and beautiful hair and buy it. In World War I, sundry propaganda could be found everywhere. Men saw these advertisements that made war a place where they could prove their valor, how strong and how willing they were to help their country; so they immediately considered the possibility of enlisting. What they didn’t know was how much war was going to change them. This change is what Erich Maria Remarque writes about and manifests in his book All Quiet on the Western Front. The hardship and intesity of the experience of war changes the relationships with people of the soldiers and their view of the world. is a place where people change, their personality and character develops and they see the world differently. Erich Maria Remarque provides three main arguments to make this point: relationships between soldiers grow strong and forever lasting friendships are made, in the contrast family seems distant; finally they see the enemy in a different perspective.
When at war, relationships between soldiers grow strong. Soldiers understand each other in a way nobody else does, developing a strong comradeship, they help each other and do everything together, becoming like a large family. They do everything jointly, they fight, eat sleep, even use the toilet together. Similarly, they also help each other. When they forage for food or water they share it. Furthermore, they build a friendship that lasts forever. Paul Baümer and Kat, didn’t know each other from before war, and even though they have a large age gap, one day they sit together, roasting a goose they just stole. They don’t talk, but simply with their presence they understand each other in a way nobody else does.
We sit opposite one another, Kat and I, two soldiers in shabby coats, cooking a goose in the middle of the night. We don't talk much, but I believe we have a more complete communion with one another than even lovers have. We are two men, two minute sparks of life; outside is the night and the circle of death. We sit in the edge of it crouching in danger, the grease drips from our hands, in our hearts we are close to one another, and the hour is like the room: flecked over with the lights and shadows of our feelings cast by a quiet fire. What does he know of me or I of him? formerly we should not have had a single thought in common – now we sit with a goose between us and feel in unison, are so intimate that we do not even speak. (85)
As we see with this quote, before war they wouldn’t have had anything in common, they would have never been friends. But war changes people, and at the end the ones that understand you the best, are those who are experiencing the same things as you. In consequence, All Quiet on the Western Front is a book that shows us the difficulty of war, but in contrast displays how much soldiers life changes, and how relationships between...