War doesn’t end with pen on paper. In Chapter 11 of All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarqué, Paul has known how much the war has affected him both physically and mentally. Paul has seen hundreds of men die, some being good friends others being mortal enemies. Germany has lost but he is ordered to keep fighting, that's what has killed his friends. Paul has lost many friends to this inhumane war, all of his friends and mentors have died very gruesome deaths. The war has driven Paul crazy and has hurt him physically and mentally. Paul has been driven insane by this grievous war. He knows that if he doesn’t go insane he’s going to die fighting, like the rest of his friends. At this point Paul is tired of fighting, everyone’s mood is down because “every man here knows that we are losing the war”. The war has taken such a toll on Paul so he finally steps back and realizes what the war has changed about him. He is sitting around in the barracks while everyone is asleep and Paul is wide awake thinking what the war has done to him, and his friends that are no longer with him. His mind runs wild of what he has seen during these horrible years, but that thinking can't bring back his friends.
Thus we live a closed, hard existence of the utmost superﬁciality, and rarely does an incident strike out a spark. But then unexpectedly a ﬂame of grievous and terrible yearning ﬂares up Those are the dangerous moments. They show us that the adjustment is only artiﬁcial, that it is not simple rest, but sharpest for rest.
Paul has finally realized what this war has done to him. The war has changed Paul, he has seen his friends die from shots to the gut or being blown to smithereens by landmines. Paul has risked his life in this grievous war but still he has been lucky to survive and live life with the sharpest struggle in life. Paul and his remaining comrades have only started the war with themselves. The war may be coming to a close but the internal fight has just begun.
The aftermath of war isn't just physical.
Finalite; the only ending that is assured. In chapter 11 of All Quiet On The Western Front Paul and his friends are hopeless, the war is practically over with the U.S joining the fight and his friends along with himself must face the harsh finality of loss. The finality of Paul’s war leaves his friends dead. Paul has seen many die, many are his foes by one command; many are his comrades, the only thing these men share is pain and the drive to win the war. As the war rages on, Paul is faced to watch his crew slowly die. The war is almost certainly over with the U.S joining and Paul is in Russia on the lines and he knows that they will not survive.
It is true, such things are often simulated, but the pretence itself is a symptom. Berger, who means to finish off the dog, is carried away with a wound in the pelvis, and one of the fellows who carry him gets a bullet in the leg while doing it. Müller is dead. Someone shot him point-blank in the stomach with a Verey light. He lived for half an hour, quite conscious, and in terrible pain.
As Paul is there watching his friends die he is faced with the horrible finality of this, “ Leer groans as he supports himself on his arm, he bleeds quickly, no one can help him. Like an emptying tube, after a couple of minutes he collapses.” Though this is horrible Paul knows that there is nothing to do, for he has seen men dying in front of him his whole adulthood. It is the only guaranteed ending. “Bertinck, falls. He was one of those superb front-line officers who are foremost in every hot place”. Pauls knows this is the end for his battalion “Our hands are earth, our bodies clay and our eyes pools of rain. We do not know whether we still live.” Paul has seemingly lost everything, “Kat falls. We two are alone. I bind up his wound; his shin seems to be smashed. It has got the bone, and Kat groans desperately: "At last--just at the last--"”.
War only has two guaranteed endings for all men and women; finality and pain.