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Throughout the dark and horrifying pictures of death and inhumanity Erich Remarque scatters a profound brilliance a redeeming quality in one of the greatest war novels of all time All Quiet on the Western Front During this stirring novel 20-year-old Paul B a German soldier of World War I was thrown into a frenzied world of blood and bombardment flung pitilessly into the vile world of war Nonetheless the senseless battle in which Paul and his fellow soldiers struggled had awakened in them the sense of comradeship Remarque 274 This magnificent sense of brotherhood was sadly all that these hardened and valiant men had to keep them trudging ahead all that they had to give them a reason to look forward to tomorrow Between the often unseen heroes of battle lies an unfaltering devotion to each other devotion stronger than these men themselves Pauls cherished relationships saved him more than once throughout the novel In the face of fear death destruction and hopelessness he turned to these faithful men his comrades They are more to me than life these voices they are more than motherliness and more than fear they are the strongest most comforting thing there is anywhere they are the voices of my comrades 212 The most remarkable picture of comradeship created by Remarque is the intimate loyalty and understanding that the war had forged between Paul and Kat As they sat together roasting a stolen goose we are given our first glimpse into the extraordinary bond that these men terribly forlorn shared Though they had not known each other for great lengths of time they felt completely at ease with one another so intimate that they do not even speak 94 While bringing up food to the trenches near the end of the novel Kat was hit in the shin and groaned desperately to Paul who comforted him and bound up his wound Deprived of any other options Paul showed
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