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The most powerful and meaningful theme displayed throughout this novel is the theme of camaraderie No matter of which person you speak of there is always someone who needs a friend by there side when things in life get unbearable Friendship is the strongest bond any group of people can share and Paul Baumer is not a person to object to that He is a boy that needs his friends to help him survive in World War I In the novel of All Quiet on the Western Front camaraderie proves itself to be the most prevailing connection between people The narrator of this story is a young German teenager that was manipulated into enlisting in the army in World War I The new soldier begins his story with his friends by his side and as the war progresses he loses them all When Paul is offered to return home for a short couple weeks he jumps at the opportunity However during the duration of his stay he has an epiphany about his life He realizes that he should have never gone home to his dieing mother and the rest of his family Pauls revelation is that his real family is the people that were by his side throughout the war- his comrades Pauls friends in World War I helped him too They helped him in ways that a family would help each other All day long they would protect each other and make sure that no one would get hurt When a man would get wounded they took care of him and physically carry him to safety In the mans dieing hours his friends would take any notes or letters that he may have for his family Even when they were on their deathbeds the men would still consider the well-being of each other by handing down their combat boots to the next comrade So even though a man would be in the worst position
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