The Elective Mechanism Of War In Tv Middleton's Memoir

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In the war, the men are supposed to see the opposing side as the enemy. They are supposed to see them as these beings that want to kill them when the other side is human just like them. This is shown in the book when a Frenchman falls into the trench and Paul eventually sees that he is human. At first he sees the guy as something he has to kill in order to survive, but after he hurts him he has to deal with the fact that he just hurt a human being. Middleton further explores this by stating, “Only when Paul stops seeing a face-and instead seed disconnected body parts, a head, a hand, but quite pointedly not a face-does he respond with the self-protective mechanism of extruding violence towards the Other” (Middleton). This happens because the

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