A Man For All Seasons Essay

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A Man For All Seasons : In All Quite on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, the question of who’s a hero and who isn’t is in World War I. Relationships between soldiers, officers, and the government led to the question being answered.A hero doesn’t expect to be rewarded for their efforts. Paul’s former teacher in high school filled his students minds’ with propaganda. Kantorek was a part told the boys lies of how war was. The boys got hooked onto this propaganda and registered for WWI. This lead to deaths, trauma, and fear of the boys.The boys grow to hate war and what its all about. Kantorek is eventually drafted into war himself, and begins to despise his own teachings of what war was, after experiencing the trenches. Courage was something he lacked, he did not have the mind or spirit that enables a person to face danger. Paul the main character focuses on surviving and realizes soon after being on the battle ground in war, all you really have is yourself to protect you. The things he does throughout the book could be seen as evil acts in one sense but in another it could be looked as doing what you must to survive. In another case, Paul is seen trying to save the life of an enemy that he has stabbed, he fails but his efforts shouldn’t be forgotten. His friends refer to him as a hero, and he neglects this title and all the medals. Paul doesn’t like war and what it represents, to him, war is the real evil. The government forcing people into war, without giving them a choice is evil War can easily turn any person into a hero. Corporal Himmelstoss was an average polite postman before being drafted into World War I, not soon after he became a bully. Sgt. Himmeltoss was in charge of organizing the soldiers into fighters. Corporal bullied around other recruits simply because he could and became the most feared disciplinarian

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