What is it good for? But few other texts—even bleak war movies like Apocalypse Now or Saving Private Ryan—pack quite the visceral, seriously anti-war punch of All Quiet on the Western Front. Because the glorification of war is what gets the protagonist of All Quiet on the Western Front into the army in the first place.
Behind German front lines between Langemark and Bixschoote inonly eighty of the original one hundred fifty soldiers of the Second Company remain fit for duty.
Paul and his comrades have acquired a bit of battle experience, including the loss of Joseph Behm, the first of their group to die. Franz Kemmerich, his leg amputated, faces imminent death.
A letter from Kantorek calling them "Iron Youth" stirs Kropp's anger. The soldiers, recalling Platoon 9's brutal basic training in Klosterberg, abandon their idealism as a result of the sadistic tutelage of Corporal Himmelstoss.
In its place, they evolve a strong comradeship, which bolsters and protects them far better than the now useless information they learned in school.
Franz Kemmerich, Paul's friend, dies after the amputation of his leg. Kat, the shrewd, self-reliant scrounger, manages to supply his friends with beans and beef. Paul and the others, excited by news of Himmelstoss' arrival at the front, recall the night before they left the training camp, when they trapped their drill instructor in a bedspread and beat him.
Paul's unit, which includes some inexperienced recruits, lays wire at the front. As they wait for return transportation, a bombardment and poisonous gas barrage pin them in a cemetery, churning up corpses from old graves.
At dawn, a truck returns the men to their billets. Himmelstoss arrives and tries to ingratiate himself with his former drill students.
The men ignore and abuse him. Himmelstoss succeeds in having Tjaden and Kropp punished for insubordination. Kat and Paul thwart a guard dog and steal a goose, which they roast and share with the others. Second Company spends the summer near the front, fighting savagely with grenades, bayonets, and sharpened shovels.
The thirty-two men who survive return to the rear in the fall to rest. The company moves farther behind the lines than usual, where they eat, sleep, and spend time with willing French girls, whom they shower with gifts of food. Paul returns home for a seventeen-day leave.
Alienated by battle trauma, he lacks ambition and is unable to enjoy the pleasures of his youth. He despairs at his mother's weakness but enjoys the humor of Mittelstaedt tormenting Kantorek, now a member of the home guard and a poor specimen of a soldier. Paul receives additional training at a camp on the moors, where he observes the sufferings of Russian prisoners of war, who must barter and scavenge garbage in order to stave off hunger.
He thinks of them as pathetic human beings rather than adversaries and wishes that he could know them better.
Back with his unit, Paul feels more at home with comrades than he did with family. Inspected by the Kaiser, Second Company returns to the front. Face to face with a dying enemy, Paul is remorseful and tries to ease the man's sufferings. Returned to the dugout with his comrades, he confesses to the killing, then calms himself by concluding that "war is war.
While evacuating a village, Paul and Kropp are shot and sent by train to St. Kropp's leg is amputated. Paul recovers and goes on leave, but sorry to leave his friend behind, he returns to front-line duty.
In the summer ofthe war goes badly for Germany. Even rations, which are adulterated with unwholesome additives, are in short supply. Troops suffer dysentery and nervous exhaustion from the seemingly endless assaults of the Allies.
Paul is the last remaining member of his schoolmates. He carries Kat to an aid station to be treated for a shin wound.LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in All Quiet on the Western Front, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work.
For Paul, the one positive aspect of the war experience is that it forges extraordinarily strong bonds between soldiers. Death is working through from within. It already has command in the eyes. Here lies our comrade, Kemmerich, who a little while ago was roasting horse-flesh with us and squatting in the shell-holes.
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