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All Quiet on the Western front By Erich Maria Remarque Erich Maria Remarque was born on June 22 1898 in Osnabrck Lower Saxony Germany His father was a bookbinder and his family was of the Middle Class He studied at the University of Munster but was recruited into the German army at the age of 18 He fought on the Western front and was wounded 5 times the last being severe After the war he became a teacher and sometimes worked as a sportswriter and racing-car driver In 1928 his first book Im Western Nichts Neues All Quiet on the Western Front was first released and it quickly made Remarque famous at age thirty-three A film based on the book with the same name because an instant success in 1930 In 1931 the sequel titled The Road Back was released While it did not do as well it was still fairly successful Remarque moved to Switzerland in 1932 His books were banned by the Nazis in 1933 and he lost his German Citizenship in 1938 Remarque moved to the United States where he lived throughout World War II after which is moved to Switzerland where he lived wit his second wife until his death Source httpremarqueorgaboutremarquehtml Analysis of Major Character Paul Baumer In All Quiet on the Western front we are told the story through Pauls the narrator and protagonist eyes We see the war not as the government or civilians see it but from the point of view of a soldier this gives us a lot of insight into Pauls mind Paul was at one point just like any other teenager spending time with his friends doing schoolwork but the novel starts after Paul and his friends has been convinced to volunteer and fight in World War 1 Remarque emphasizes the fact that to survive the war one must lose sensitivity and rely on animal instinct This is particularly hard for Paul
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