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All Quiet on the Western Front is a thought-provoking work of fiction by Erich Maria Remarque This novel is the testament of Paul Bumer a German boy convinced to enlist in the German Army and his subsequent experiences in World War IAfter enlisting with the rest of his class Paul learns to live a life of war Initially he like his classmates was full of enthusiasm Over a period of several years however Paul comes to see the world differently He witnesses the suffering and horrors of war In the trenches of the front line he learns how war ruins and destroys the mind In the beginning Paul belonged to a group of eight friends within his company he is the last to survive After suffering through their pain Paul is wounded as well and sees the suffering of those in the hospital As he learns the nature of war he is deeply saddened especially for his own generation The generations older than his had lives they left before the war and will return to if they survive The generations younger than his own will never know the war and will live their lives peaceably His generation has known nothing of life but death and those who survive the war will be ruined men Even as he realizes this tragedy Paul himself becomes a ruined man and in the moving ending he is shot downRemarque has mastered language and bent it to his will he was very successful in presenting his ideas He has represented well the conflict of a young man living and eventually dying in a desperate situation As a result of Remarques mastery of language the book packs a good deal of power One example of this is the final paragraphHe had fallen forward and lay on the earth as though sleeping Turning him over one saw that he could not have suffered long his face had an expression of calm as
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