All Quiet on the Western Front:
This novel was very interesting and very vivid. Also the novel is so intense and very detail of the lifestyle of war. The way the book is different from the others is by how the novel takes the readers to the war by telling the vivid details and the characters thoughts and also the lifestyle of the characters. The novel tells the story of Paul Baumer, the main character of the story, a soldier who was persuade and urged by his school teacher Kantorek to join the German army shortly after the start of world war 1. Before the War, Paul was a creative, sensitive, and passionate person, writing poems and having a clear love for his family. But as the war changed his attitude and personality, poems and other things of his past life become something Paul could not remember having any link to, and he learns to disconnect himself from his feelings.
When Paul arrives at the Western Front with his friends and schoolmates, (Tjaden, Muller, Kropp, and Kaczynsky), they have to engage in frequent battles and endure the dangerous and often the horrible and bad conditions of warfare. After all that, Paul and his friends have realize that the ideals of nationalism and patriotism that Kantorek was telling them is simply not true. They no longer believe that war is good or honorable, they just live in constant physical terror of war experience. When Paul visited his family back home, he feels that he does not belong there anymore and he says that, “it is a foreign world”, from the novel. He feels disconnected from the townspeople, the community people, and his father. The only person he remains connected to is his dying mother, with whom he shares a tender, yet restrained relationship. The war trauma changed Paul’s perspective of life and his attitude and personality.
By the end of the novel, there was a specific battle that changed Paul’s life forever. While Paul watches as his friends fall one by one, it was the death...