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Some authors use themes to show the reader some perspective Erich Maria Remarques book All Quiet on the Western Front uses many themes but there are four main ones Those four themes are the Lost Generation futility of war sound imagery and the institutionalization or depersonalization of war Some of these themes can be integrated together to make an alarming yet wonderful effect to draw the reader into the story of All Quiet on the Western Front One of the most prominent themes book is also the most saddening That theme is the institutionalization or depersonalization of war Remarque begins the story with Germanys soldiers fighting an institutionalized war Soldiers were trained to destroy and kill the enemy By institutionalizing the war it was made easier to kill someone just like you for no reason But by depersonalizing the soldiers with their enemy it left devastating effects on the mind and heart Soldiers emotions were deadened and they became irrational Throughout the story Paul Baumer the narrator does not talk about killing someone but as the story progresses this changes An example of Paul acting irrational because of the effect war had on him was when he was in the trenches and all of a sudden a French soldier comes into the trench and Paul immediately stabs him without thinking about for Paul is scared and emotionally scarred After stabbing him Paul leaves him alone to let him bleed to death In that part of the story Paul regains a little bit of his emotions because after he stabbed the man he starts to feel very guilty about it He tries to talk to the dead man and help the mans wounds When Paul looks at the mans wallet he finds some information about the soldier and realizes that the soldier was very much like himself the only difference was that they were fighting on different sides Paul then starts to feel he killed
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