Themes Of All Quiet On The Western Front

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“All Quiet On The Western Front” written by Erich Maria Remarque is a wonderful tale that expresses the theme of comradeship, dehumanizing effects of war, and the futility of war. All 296 pages are full of twists and turns, lessons to learn, and all the brutality of war. This anti-war book opens your eyes to situations you’ve never thought about. It shines a new light on battle that has never been documented before. “ All Quiet on the Western Front” is a coming of age book that teaches you many valuable things.

Remarque’s “All Quiet On The Western Front” had many great lessons, one of the greatest ones was the theme of comradeship. During his time on the front, Paul and his buddies formed a bond with each other that could not be broken. This is clear when Paul states that “they are the strongest, most comforting thing there is anywhere: they are the voices of my comrades.” (Remarque 212) In this line, Paul expresses his compassion and respect, he has for his comrades. Paul’s thought process encourages the idea that his friends help him get through each day, That during his hardest times, his friends' voices help him push through it. When Paul was going through an internal battle, his comrades talked to him and helped him work it out. For example, when Paul finally lets his frustrations out to his friends “he listens to them and feels comforted, reassured by their presence.” (Remarque, 228) The theme of comradeship is being able to forge connections with other soldiers.
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