Once the soldiers return to camp, Himmelstoss accosts them and barks orders, but the men rebuff him. In chapter 11, Leer is hit by a shell fragment, which also hits Bertinck. Paul visits one of his friends, Kemmerich, who is injured and dying.
His class was "scattered over the platoons amongst Frisian fishermen, peasants, and labourers. He also has a "Special Permit," certifying him as sporadically not responsible for his actions due to a head wound, though he is clearly quite sane and exploiting his permit so he can stay in the hospital and away from the war as long as possible.
Throughout the book, Paul frequently remarks on how much of an eater he is, yet somehow manages to stay as "thin as a rake". Out of a company originally comprised of men, only eighty returned after a heavy attack on the last day. The war has not just threatened and destroyed the lives of the young soldiers, it has also destroyed their dreams.
Detering[ edit ] Detering is a farmer who constantly longs to return to his wife and farm. Paul goes to visit Franz. On their way back to safety, they hide in a graveyard, removing the corpses in order to hide in their coffins for safety. When Paul returns, Franz is dead.
He is also fond of horses and is angered when he sees them used in combat. The same explosion also fatally wounds Leer. The monotony between battles, the constant threat of artillery fire and bombardments, the struggle to find food, the lack of training of young recruits meaning lower chances of survivaland the overarching role of random chance in the lives and deaths of the soldiers are described in detail.
Paul describes his fellow soldiers: To be notified when we launch a full study guide, please contact us. Once Paul is able to walk again, he is sent back to the Front.
A standoff ensued, and the men won. He thinks to himself, "Ah! Bertinck is genuinely despondent when he learns that few of his men had survived an engagement.
However, he is killed before he can be rescued. In a twist of fate, Kantorek is later called up as a soldier as well. The novel delves into questions of what makes an enemy and what it takes for a soldier to dehumanize his opponent.
Paul no longer feels a connection to his past, and is equally unable to imagine a peaceful future. His friend Detering attempts to desert but is caught. Remarque comments in the preface that "[This book] will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped its shells, were destroyed by the war.
The older men have established lives with which they can reconnect once the war is over; the young men, though, have nothing but family and a few former passions with which to connect once they return to civilian life.
He gets out of cover and takes aim on the flamethrower but misses, and gets hit by enemy fire. They are too busy and too unconcerned; they must care for the living. The Kaiser visits the front and Paul is surprised at how short and soft voiced he is. I could observe a similar phenomenon in many of my friends and acquaintances.
Paul introduces a few people with whom he interacts. When the war ends, they will have nothing to return to. Tjaden, a locksmith, is a voracious eater but remains thin as a rail, making Paul wonder where all the food goes to on his skinny frame.
The men settle down to rest, smoke, and play cards in order to forget about their narrow survival during their last trip to the front.In Chapter 9 of Erich Maria Remarque's novel All Quiet on the Western Front, the soldiers get a surprise, and Paul volunteers to go to no man's land where he encounters a French soldier.
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The Horror of Modern War Survival. This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. All Quiet on the Western Front is a novel set during World War I.
Written by Erich Maria Remarque, the novel is a unique look at the reality of war, specifically trench warfare. The novel opens behind the German lines of the Western Front in World War I during the summer of We meet Paul, Tjaden, Müller, Albert and a few other young guys, all of whom volunteered to be soldiers and are just now beginning to question the wisdom of.
All Quiet on the Western Front Homework Help Questions What are examples of similies and metaphors in Chapter 4 of Erich Maria Remarque's novel All Like many talented writers, Erich Maria Remarque deliberately uses similes and metaphors in his novel All Quiet on the Western Front.
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