All Quiet on the Western Front displays all of the anguish one would expect in any war novel, but it also exposes the horrors of a new kind of war.
Older men who had prewar jobs and families regarded the war as an interruption in their lives that eventually would end. They had concrete identities and functions within society. Younger men, such as Paul and his classmates, had no such concrete identities.
They entered the war when they were on the threshold of their adult lives. They thus conceive their adult identities as inextricably linked to their lives as soldiers. Haie gives the most definite postwar plans, but even his answer involves remaining in the army—he cannot imagine himself as anything but a soldier.
Paul and his younger comrades cannot imagine functioning in civilian jobs after what they have seen and done. Their only definite plan for the future is to exact revenge upon Himmelstoss.
They have no experiences as adults that do not involve a day-to-day struggle to survive and maintain sanity. Paul and his friends observe repeatedly that war makes small, petty men become arrogant and hungry for power. Himmelstoss is the perfect example, a former mailman who becomes a fearsome bully simply because he is given military authority.
Paul continually differentiates between the ceremonial, formal aspects of the army and the hellish chaos of actual battle.
He sees little relation between parade drilling and saluting, on the one hand, and the madness of combat, on the other.
Until he arrives at the front, Himmelstoss represents only the useless formal rituals of the army, demanding that men salute him on sight. Paul and his friends continue to form an extremely close-knit unit in this chapter. Paul marvels at the flood of emotion that he experiences while roasting the stolen goose with Kat.
He and Kat would never have known one another in peacetime, but the war has brought their lives together in a crucible of horror.
Their shared suffering makes peacetime concerns and concepts of friendship pale by comparison.The Betrayal in War All Quiet on the Western Front is an autobiographical novel, written by Erich Maria Remarque, and was published in Remarque had fought for the German army on the Western front in World War I and had become a militant pacifist.
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