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If a war veteran was asked about his standpoint on war he would probably say that war is hell In the book All Quiet on the Western Front Eric Remarque paints the reader an amazingly realistic image of the suffering of war War is Hell for Paul because all of his friends die he is isolated from his family and he experiences mental and physical agony Throughout the book Paul takes the reader through the harrowing tale of death and tragedy as each of his friends die In the story Paul says on page 157 I am twenty years young and yet I know nothing but death despair fear and a fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow Paul is grief-stricken by the loss of each of his friends and he couldnt handle it Paul later goes on to say What is there that I hold dear anymorepg 209 That is key because Paul feels he has no reason to go on living without his friends The loss of Pauls friends is very important to the cause of Pauls own death As Paul leaves for the front he is isolated from his mother and father At one point in the book Paul states I live only for my parents and my comradespg 56 He obviously loves and misses his parents very much and expresses his love throughout the book While Paul is on the front a commander tells him that he may go on leave and see his parents It hurts him so bad to see them that he thinks to himself I ought never to come on leavep 222 When he sees them he gets so caught up in his emotions that he wants to curl up
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