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Erich Maria Remarques ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT is a very interesting and true-to-heart novel based in the first world war where many men and women died because someone called them the enemy The main character is Paul Baumer a nineteen year old man who is swept into the war along with his friends not one day before he is out of school They are sent to the front to protect the fatherland or Germany as it is called Paul and his friends go from this idealistic opinion to disillusionment throughout the book as they discover the truth that the enemy is just like them and Pauls friends start being killed one- by-one This novel is a gripping account of how war is most of the time bloody and horrid The few who came out of this war were not the people they were when they left They become pale and emotionless without feeling or thought Some killed themselves they had experienced ultimate horror the horror of war The novel starts two years after Paul and his friends first reached the front and then goes back and forth between 2 present and past The main topics throughout the book is the change from idealism to disillusionment the loss of Pauls friends and especially the loss of Pauls innocence The change from idealism to disillusionment is really the driving force behind the novel From young school boys listening to their schoolmaster asking Wont you join up comrades11 to weary broken294 men idealism and disillusionment play a major role on Pauls decisions
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