All Quiet On The Western Front

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All Quiet on the Western Front

The book, All Quiet on the Western Front, was a very shocking book because it shows the reader what World War I was like from a German soldier, Paul Baumer’s, point of view. The author, Erich Maria Remarque, is trying to get across to the reader that war is not a fun game. War is serious. If a soldier is in a battle, he is going to see some horrible sights. The author states that the battles that the soldiers faced were terrible.
Paul Baumer had very close school friends. His teacher Heir Kantorek convinced Paul and his fellow classmates to go down and sign up for the military. They went off to boot camp then right after they graduated boot camp, they were immediately sent to the front lines. Whenever a battle would come up, often some of the soldiers would die. Perhaps the authors purpose was to show if young people today want to go up to the recruiter’s office, they should think about what they are doing before they sign up. A smart person before going and signing up he would think about it first and talk it over with a person who has been in a war and knows what its like to be in a war.

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Paul and his fellow brothers in arms who are throughout the book did not go and talk to somebody who has been in a war before they enlisted. Instead they listened to a foolish teacher saying how glorious it would be to fight for Germany.
The recruits who went to boot camp were put through extremely hard drills by a former postman, Himmelstoss, who had became their drill instructor. Since the drill instructor was so hard on the new recruits, their last day of boot camp, they threw a bed-cover over Himmelstoss’s head and took turns beating him in the buttocks. Then they did some other horrible things to Himmelstoss. In the end they got their revenge and were satisfied with what they had done to the poor little drill instructor.
Later on when Himmelstoss came to the battlefield he saw his old recruits that he had trained in boot camp. So Himmelstoss immediately told them to stand up straight, salute your superior officers. Then when Himmelstoss was issued a gun and told to go out with the other soldiers on to the battlefield, he was scared. He was a big soldier in boot camp but he showed his true colors on the battlefield. Finally because of his cowardice, he was awarded the position of cook.
When a country goes to war it is the most horrible thing because a lot of people die from each country that is involved in the war. The governments of each country sends in young people to kill the enemy while the government is being too afraid to put their own lives in the boots of the soldiers that go out there onto the battlefield. So that means that the German government...

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