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All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, written in 1929, is in the perspective of a German soldier named Paul. This novel is based on World War I and follows Paul and his unit throughout the war. In the novel, it showed four different types of themes such as, universal brotherhood, comradeship, horror of war, and questioning of authority. After the end of World War I, most still thought that war was a good idea, but little did they know the horrific experience of the soldier and the large numbers of deaths from the war. Remarque using the four themes, made this novel to convey that fighting in war was not a good idea in hopes of preventing future war. Horrors of war is used to back up the main idea not to fight wars. Remarque shows the central idea when Kemmerich’s leg was amputated. Kemmerich was struck in battle with an intense injury and you can tell from descriptions that he is not doing too well. Kemmerich painfully and slowly died in the end. Another way the author makes the main idea more prominent was bombardments, a continuous attack with bomb, shells or other missiles. There was a lot of shots that hit and weakened the German army in this, like when Kat dies from the shrapnel splinter in his head, many other people died …show more content…
Kat and Paul’s father-son relationship is the most significant in the novel because Remarque really gets into detail with it. Kat killed a goose to feed to his whole unit, which shows comradeship because instead of just eating it all he gave it to his crew. Paul and Kat were best friends and it is seen throughout the story at the end when Kat dies in Paul’s arms. Even though comradeship is known as a good thing, Remarque makes it not be a goos thing. He demonstrates it as being good, but in the end, everyone dies. There is really no point to it, if you're going to have a friend and show respect but they die at the end there is no

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