The Powerful Conclusion Of "All Quiet On The Western Front"

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The ending to Erich Maria Remarque’s book, All Quiet on the Western Front is a very convincing and logical ending that connects every end together and ties together with the main themes of the book: the horrors of war, the fragility of human life, and the effect of war on the soldier.. It also ties together the events of the book, and presents us with a brilliant ending that is convincing and believable in light of what we have already seen illustrated.
The ending to All Quiet on the Western Front manages to tie in and include elements from at least three major themes in the book, that is, the horrors of war, the fragility of human life, and the effect of war on the soldier.. Throughout the book we see each of these themes illustrated, with each at it’s height in the conclusion. As the novel draws to a close, we see increasingly how the war is brutal and unforgiving. An example of this is when Muller is shot at point blank range, and suffers for thirty minutes in agonizing pain, while all that Paul and the others can do is stand by and watch as their friend dies. Another horror that is illustrated in the end of the book is how that, by the end of the book, every major character and minor character that has been introduced is dead, and that they are not even remembered and are written off. This detail ties into the next theme which plays a major role in the ending, the fragility of human life. Throughout the book, we see how fragile human life is, with Kemmerich dying early in the novel, to the ending in which everyone eventually falls. We see Muller die a slow and painful death due to an abdominal shot, Katcinzky die because of a random piece of shrapnel, and Paul even dying at the end of the novel due to an unknown reason. In the last two chapters, death is rampant as one by one, the soldiers who have survived so long are taken out almost immediately, one after the other. This illustrates the fragility of human life, as it can be taken in an instant. The final theme which the ending ties in is the effect of war on the soldier. As is illustrated with Kemmerich early on, when he dies, the soldiers find themselves only able to care about who gets his boots. This is one of the effects:...

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