His loss of innocence during the cataclysm is the focus of the author's antiwar sentiment. Tjaden JAH-duhn A thin, nineteen-year-old soldier with an immense appetite. A former locksmith, Tjaden is unable to control his urine during sleep and draws ridicule from Himmelstoss. Tjaden's drive for revenge reveals the negative side of an otherwise peaceable personality.
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. In its place, they evolve a strong comradeship, which bolsters and protects them far better than the now useless information they learned in school.
Kat, the shrewd, self-reliant scrounger, manages to supply his friends with beans and beef.
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. 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. 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. 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. On the way, Kat is hit in the head by a tiny splinter of shrapnel and dies.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.
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World War I was a conflict fueled by territorial desires and nationalism. This very sentiment is. Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front is an abstruse proclamation against war, which focuses especially on the destroying effects of war on soldiers’ humanity.
Romantic ideals of warfare are under attack throughout Paul’s narration. Book Summary Bookmark this page Manage My Reading List The record of several schoolmates who represent a generation destroyed by the dehumanization of World War I's trench warfare, All Quiet on the Western Front tells of their enlistment in the army at the urging of their teacher, Kantorek, whose wisdom they trusted.
All Quiet on the Western Erich Maria Remarque had his novel, Im Westen nichts Neues (In the West Nothing New) serialized in the magazine Vossiche Zeitung in .