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Final All Quiet On The Western Front Analysis

The challenges of Misery

by Colby Mara & Jaxson Terry

Misery, an experience that’s unbearable, shakes man’s core. In Chapter 11 of All Quiet on the Western Front Paul is going through the worst misery imaginable. With all Paul's friends dead the war is the last of the things he worries about or has on his mind. In Chapter 12 of All Quiet on the Western Front, Paul is in a garden thinking back on the war and realizes how alone he really is. “I am very quiet. Let the months and years come, they can take nothing from me, they can take nothing more. I am so alone, and so without hope that I can confront them without fear. The life that has borne me through these years is still in my hands and my eyes. Whether I have subdued it, I know not. But so long as it is there it will seek its own way out, heedless of the will that is within me.”During Paul’s time in the war he has spent a ton of time alone and witnessing death. Since all of his friends passed away he has spent a ton of his days alone and in misery. Paul now has extreme PTSD from all the blood, death, and the hearing of raid sirens. He is now living his war life alone, depressed, and miserable. misery is an unimaginable experience to go through.

   


Final All Quiet On The Western Front Analysis

Overcoming death

by Colby Mara & Jaxson Terry

Death is something one must overcome themself. In Chapter 11 of All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque Paul comes face to face with this when all his friends die., Paula has entered the war with all his friends, but now he has no one, All of his friends are now dead. Right before Muller died, Paul made sure that he gave Paul his pocket book and boots to remember him. Paul wears them to remember him as a friend and also because they fit him well. When Paul dies he will give them to tjaden, so that he can remember them.Before he died he handed over his pocket-book to me, and bequeathed me his boots--the same that he once inherited from Kemmerich. I wear them, for they fit me quite well. After me Tjaden will get them, I have promised them to him.”Müller is dead.” When Paul is on the front line being constantly bombarded and shot at by the English who have new equipment and fresh soldiers and are in much better shape than them, the Germans who have wounded soldiers returning to the front lines, Kat says  Germany ought to be empty soon and they have no equipment left the barrels are so worn and they shoot uncertainly. Paul and Kat assess the situation, all they can see is corroding, death. The only loss from death is you living while everyone around you dies.