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In All Quiet on the Western Front Eric Marie Remarque wrote this book to stress the effects that war had upon people How it shattered lives dreams and ambitions How the older generations tried to make war sound so promising and glorious while all along they were lying to themselves about how war really was Certain characters are used to highlight these points These people all had their own affect upon Paul First was Detering is one of Paul s close friends in the Second Company He has a wife and a farm at home A few months prior to the end of the war Detering is stricken with shell shock and a wave of homesickness He deserts the army only to be captured and is tried as a deserter His punishment is to be court-martialed Paul and his friends never hear anything more from Detering after that It is likely that he is executed or sent to prison for desertion Second Kemmerich is one of Pauls classmates In the early scenes of the novel we learn that he has suffered a light wound However the wound turns gangrenous and his leg has to be amputated The amputation does not save his life and he dies a painful senseless death The tears are still on his face when they carry his body away Paul cannot bring himself to tell Kemmerichs mother the truth about Kemmerichs death This effects Paul because he is forced to emotionally withdraw himself from the war and the aftermath of the war Third Albert Kropp is one of Pauls classmates He serves with Paul in the Second Company He is one of Pauls closest friends during the war While they were marching a swoop of air blows by however this is not just air but it is a sort of weapon Causing Kropp a wound just above his knee His leg must be amputated from the thigh
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