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Final chapters Metacognition

After the completion of chapter 11 and 12 I was left being forced to think. What my brain went to was whether or not it was a good ending or not. I feel like there are a few things that make the ending really good and a few that don’t make it so bad. I’m kind of conflicted on how I feel about the ending. The fact that all of Paul’s friends and Paul died really expresses how bad WWI actually was. But on the other hand I feel like it would have been a better ending if maybe Paul survived but all of his friends didn’t. Obviously the author had a reason to make the ending so dark and poignant. My guess would be that he did that because if everyone survived then it would have given the reader a wrong idea about World War I. It would put the idea in the readers mind that not many people died in the war and it really wasn’t that tragic.

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