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All Quiet On The Western Front In All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque a profoundly horrific image of war is formed in the eyes of the reader In the past War stories leaned toward themes of glory adventure and honor In presenting his realistic version of a soldiers experience Remarque strips away the glory of war and reveals the physical and mental hardships of war Throughout his book a plethora of themes are emphasized and brought to light Among those themes are deception camaraderie and propaganda but the prevailing theme seems to be maintaining ones humanity The theme of humanity is readily prevalent throughout the novel and can be tied in with the loss of innocence fear and ultimately the emergence of courage During All Quiet on the Western Front the main character Paul who is only nineteen is faced with the atrocities of war which take a toll on his humanity The results of war possess the ability to destroy whatever humanity is left in a man Through Remarques use of imagery the reader can see the terrible effect of the war on Paul Throughout the book Paul Baumer the main character experiences many changes In the beginning Pauls schoolmaster Kantorek idealistically describes the glories of war It is Kantoreks rhetoric on the ideals of patriotism that lead Paul and his classmates to enlist in the war full of optimism eagerness and a strong sense of nationalism In a letter written to his classmates he calls them Iron Youth implying that they are hard strong and resilient However Kantorek fails to consider the horrors Paul and his classmates experience and the constant state of anxiety and fear they endure However as the war progresses many factors and events cause Paul to transform into a different person then he started out as The everyday struggles to survive in the war are slowly wearing away at Paul causing him to feel
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