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Views On Changes of the Human Spirit During War All Quiet on the Western Front shows the change in attitudes of the men before and during the war This novel is able to portray the overwhelming effects and power war has to deteriorate the human spirit Starting out leaving youre home and family pr d and ready to fight for you country to ending up tired and scarred both physically and mentally beyond description At the beginning of the novel nationalist feelings are present through pride of Paul and the rest of the boys However at the end of the war it is apparent how pointless war really is All Quiet on the Western Front is a novel that greatly helps in the understanding the effects war The novel best shows the attitudes of the soldiers before the war and during the war Before the war there are high morals and growing nationalist feel gs During the war however the soldiers discover the trauma of war They discover that it is a waste of time and their hopes and dreams of their life fly further and further away The remains of Paul Baumers company had moved behind the German front l es for a short rest at the beginning of the novel After Behm became Pauls first dead schoolmate Paul viewed the older generation bitterly particularly Kantorek the teacher who convinced Paul and his classmates to join the military While they tau t that duty to ones country is the greatest thing we already that death-throes are stronger And we saw that there was nothing of their world left We were all at once terribly alone and alone we must see it throughP 13 Paul felt completely etrayed We will make ourselves comfortable and sleep and eat as much as we can stuff into our bellies and drink and smoke so that hours are not wasted Life is short P 139
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