Analysis Of Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet On The Western Front

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Remarque’s novel is a insightful statement against war, which focuses primarily on the devastating affect both psychologically and the humanity of soldiers. Paul’s narrative reflects persistently on the romantic ideals of warfare. Paul and his fellow soldiers are tempered with the reality that their bonds come at the high price of relentless suffering and terror. Most of the prominence events that refer to character altering situations occur in the final chapters of the book. Paul’s analogy between minting coins and the effect of the war on veteran soldiers is a significant event. He explains in a very true manner how he and his friends establish close bonds that far surpass any civilian or ‘peacetime’ friendship. However, those bonds have been established through living through events no person should, and have been somewhat forced, seeing as they have had to stand together after being drafted into the war and stuck…show more content…
In fact, the boys are not killing through any sort of hatred, but are simply trying to keep themselves alive while fighting to satisfy the country-to-country crusade for power. The boys are merely pawns in someone else’s game, and are simply being used to fight a political battle they had no part in creating. All Quiet on the Western Front doesn’t display a great deal of symbolism. However, an important symbol in the novel is Kemmerich’s boots. Kemmerich’s high, supple boots are passed from soldier to soldier as each owner dies in sequence. Kemmerich himself took them from the corpse of a dead airman, and as Kemmerich lies on his own deathbed, Müller immediately begins maneuvering to receive the boots. Paul brings them to Müller after Kemmerich dies and inherits them himself when Müller is shot to death later in the
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