The Power Of Friendship

All Quiet On The Western Front Chapter 7 Literary Analysis

Jack Bretl and Andrew

April 26


The horror of modern war separates the good from the bad.   In chapter eight of All Quiet On The Western Front there is a sense of poor treatment and horror. The Russian prisoners of war are forced to dig through the German trash just to find something to eat. The horrible treatment of the Russian prisoners is bringing out another side of Paul where he realizes the commonness of man.The quote below explains and expands our broad theme. It describes Paul’s experience seeing the Russians at their concentration camp.

“They rarely speak and then only a few words. They are more human and more brotherly towards one another, it seems to me, than we are. But perhaps that is merely because they feel themselves to be more unfortunate than us. Anyway the war is over so far as they are concerned. But to wait for dysentery is not much of a life either.”

 The horrors of war changed Paul’s outlook on the enemies of war. Paul’s experience seeing the struggle of the Russians made him think of them less of prisoners and more of victims. What the Russians went through was so in humane that even though Paul knew they were the enemy he struggled to not empathize. Paul’s actions in