All Quiet On The Western Front

By Erich Maria Remarque, Reported By Isaac Derman

Main Characters

In the novel "All Quiet on the Western Front", there are some supporting characters but there is only one main character. Paul is the narrator and main character of the story. He is a young, artistic, intelligent, 19 year-old high school graduate that would soon find himself as a very small impacting person in a world conflict. Paul is just an inexperienced private when he finds himself fighting on the Western Front in World War I. On the front lines he fights the enemy with his old classmates Albert Kropp, Haie Westhus, Fredrich Muller, and others, but there is one father figure who stands out as a mentor. Stanislaus "Kat" Katczinsky is an old leader of their fighting squad on the font and impacts Paul by helping him to step out of his comfort zone, and helps Paul and his friends stay alive in all sorts of ways throughout the book.

Conflict

In the novel All Quiet on the Western Front, there are two main conflicts that drive the book, a physical conflict and an emotional conflict. The physical conflict is when Paul finds himself in a world war and a very dangerous situation, he has to figure out how to survive in the trenches with his fellow comrades fighting on the Western Front. The emotional conflict is how Paul reacts to the war and how he deals with the scars of war when he goes home. After he has fought in battle everything is different to him and he feels that no one will ever understand how he feels. Because of this Paul goes back to the front to be with his "band of brothers".

Plot Teaser

When Paul finds himself in a major world conflict he encounters problems he has never faced in his life before. Throughout the book Paul has to overcome these challenges and find ways to cope with them although he doesn't know that the way he copes with these challenges will lead to his death.

Important Passage From the Book

"We have become wild beasts. We do not fight, we defend ourselves against annihilation. It is not against men that we fling our bombs, what do we know of men in this moment when Death with hands and helmets is hunting us down – now, for the first time in three days we can see his face, now, for the first time in three days we can oppose him; we feel a mad anger." (Page, 113)
-This is an important passage because it impacts the characters of the novel. The war is changing Paul and his fellow soldiers to "wild beasts" and they are just trying to survive out on the front. Paul is changed forever because of the war and it is just starting to take place.

Who Would Enjoy this Book, and If I Enjoyed This Book

A reader who wants to learn about World War I or is just an adventure type of reader would enjoy this book. It appeals to all types of readers and was given many awards for Remarque's story about a young man in a war-torn world. I personally enjoyed this book because I was fascinated how soldiers were born from young high school students, that knew nothing of war, who would become expert soldiers.

About the Author

Erich Maria Remarque was born June 2nd, 1898 in the lower region of Saxony in Germany. After living seventy years, Erich's most famous novel is "All Quiet on the Western Front". Because Erich himself was a veteran of the first world war, his writings and accounts of the war are so accurate that it sold 2.5million copies in twenty five languages in the first eighteen months in print. Erich would continue to write more books but none would be as successful as "All Quiet on the Western Front". Dieing September 25th, 1970 Erich is an accomplished writer and will be remembered for his work all around the world.

Works Cited

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