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The Novel All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque is about a man named Paul who has gone to war When Paul arrives home from his leave he finds his household is having a hard time His mother is suffering from cancer She is in a lot of pain and she is always trying to please Paul and the rest of the family Aside from the just the house the civilians are lacking food which is hard on the whole community As we read in chapter 7 about Paul visiting his family and his mother being sick we see that Paul has a close relationship with his mother She really loves him When he first walks in the door she asks Paul if he is injured she is worried about her son and then it seams she is pleased when he replied to her saying that he got a leave and that is the reason he is home When Paul is told that his mother is ill he sits by her side and they do not speak much This scene in the novel shows us that Paul cannot handle what is going on at home There is too much pain and suffering and after what he has gone through in the war it is hard to take in more pain It hurts Paul so much to see his mother in such pain Pauls mother and father ask him a few questions about the war Paul clearly does not want to discuss what went on at the war He feels as if it is not possible for people who have not experienced the horrors to understand what it is like During Pauls time he got for leave he should be relaxing and trying to recuperate from the horrifying time he has experienced in the war But how is a person to relax when his loving mother is laying in bed suffering and feeling
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