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Protagonist: Paul Baumer

  • Protagonist: Paul Baumer

  • Secondary: Stanislaus Katczinsky

  • Background characters: Muller, Tjaden, Albert Kropp, Kimmerich, Leer, Haie Westhus, Detering

  • Kantorek (their Schoolmaster)

  • Corporal Himmelstoss

  • Baumer, Muller, Leer and Kropp went to school together and were encouraged to enlist Kantorek. All are age nineteen.

  • Tjaden, Westhus and Detering are lower class workers or farmers.

  • Katczinsky is the oldest and becomes a mentor or father figure to Paul.



As you saw in the excerpt, the book opens five miles behind the front. Kimmerich has just died.

  • As you saw in the excerpt, the book opens five miles behind the front. Kimmerich has just died.

  • After the excerpt, we follow Paul with the Second Company to the front line where he experiences a bombardment of French bombs, trench warfare and death on an intimate level.

  • Juxtaposed with the harsh experiences of war, we also learn of the intimate camaraderie that develops between the group as they work together to find food, and battle against lice and rats.

  • We learn of Kat’s amazing ability to scavenge and are privy to the debates the boys have on the merits of fighting a war that they did not start.

  • Half way through the book, Paul is given leave and returns home to find that his mother is very sick and bedridden. He is reunited with his boyhood items but is now so disconnected from the boy he was just a few years ago that he is filled with a profound sadness. He ends his visit with the thought “I ought never to have come on leave” (Remarque 160).



After his leave and before returning to the front, Paul is stationed on the base for additional training and is assigned to guard the Russian POWs, an experience which makes him question the validity of the German propaganda.

  • After his leave and before returning to the front, Paul is stationed on the base for additional training and is assigned to guard the Russian POWs, an experience which makes him question the validity of the German propaganda.

  • He returns to the front and feels unable to reintegrate into the group. He is rusty and finds himself making mistakes that he wouldn’t have if he had never gone on leave. After a routine patrol into no man’s land, he finds himself paralyzed by fear behind enemy lines and forced to kill a French soldier.

  • After coming under fire while evacuating a town, Paul and Albert are wounded and bribe their way into a military hospital where a new group of injured soldiers bond. They even conspire to help one of them have sex with his wife who comes to visit after years of being apart.

  • Paul is discharged and returns to the front.

  • The book ends with the knowledge of the inevitable defeat of the German army and a montage of each character’s death, culminating with Paul’s death on the last page.



Our thoughts

  • Our thoughts



Our thoughts

  • Our thoughts



Remarque’s descriptions are rooted in sensations: sights, sounds, tastes and touch. This occurs in both descriptions of the setting as well as descriptions of events.

  • Remarque’s descriptions are rooted in sensations: sights, sounds, tastes and touch. This occurs in both descriptions of the setting as well as descriptions of events.

    • The air becomes acrid with the smoke of the guns and the fog. The fumes of powder taste bitter on the tongue. The roar of the guns makes our lorry stagger, the reverberation rolls raging away to the road, everything quakes. Our faces change imperceptibly. We are not, indeed, in the front-line, but only in the reserves yet in every face can be read: This is the front, now we are within its embrace.
    • It is not fear. Men who have been up as often as we have become thick skinned. Only the young recruits are agitated. Kat explains to them: “That was a twelve-inch. You can tell by the report; now you’ll hear the burst.”
    • But the muffled thud of the burst does not reach us. It is swallowed up in the general murmur of the front: Kat listens: “There’ll be a bombardment tonight.” (Remarque 50)


The tone of the book shifts between light-hearted, fearful and bleak, a literary technique that is used to camouflage or highlight emotional events in the text. Starting out, the boys are happy to receive more rations, they sit around on their latrines and enjoy the outdoors, the descriptions of the surroundings are vibrant:

  • The tone of the book shifts between light-hearted, fearful and bleak, a literary technique that is used to camouflage or highlight emotional events in the text. Starting out, the boys are happy to receive more rations, they sit around on their latrines and enjoy the outdoors, the descriptions of the surroundings are vibrant:

  • As the book progresses, these realities are no longer camouflaged:







It is very queer that the unhappiness of the world is so often brought on by small men. (Remarque 15)

  • It is very queer that the unhappiness of the world is so often brought on by small men. (Remarque 15)



The idea of authority, which they represented, was associated in our minds with a greater insight and more humane wisdom. But the first death we saw shuttered that belief. (Remarque 16-17)

  • The idea of authority, which they represented, was associated in our minds with a greater insight and more humane wisdom. But the first death we saw shuttered that belief. (Remarque 16-17)



With our young awakened eyes we saw that the classical conception of the Fatherland held by our teacher resolved itself here into a renunciation of personality such as one would not ask of the meanest servants—salutes, springing to attention, parade-marches, presenting arms, right wheel, left wheel, clicking the heels, insults, and a thousand pettifogging details. We had fancied our task would be different, only to find we were to be trained for heroism as though we were circus-ponies. (Remarque 25)

  • With our young awakened eyes we saw that the classical conception of the Fatherland held by our teacher resolved itself here into a renunciation of personality such as one would not ask of the meanest servants—salutes, springing to attention, parade-marches, presenting arms, right wheel, left wheel, clicking the heels, insults, and a thousand pettifogging details. We had fancied our task would be different, only to find we were to be trained for heroism as though we were circus-ponies. (Remarque 25)



Albert expresses it: “The war has ruined us for everything.”

  • Albert expresses it: “The war has ruined us for everything.”

  • He is right. We are youth no longer. We don’t want to take the world by storm. We are fleeing. We fly from ourselves. From our life. We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces. The first bomb, the first explosion, burst in our hearts. We are cut off from activity, from striving, from progress. We believe in such things no longer, we believe in the war.

  • (Remarque 79-80)

  • We are none of us more than twenty years old. But young? Youth? That is long ago. We are old folk. (Remarque 22)



I want to feel the same powerful, nameless urge that I used to feel when I turned to my books. The breath of desire that then arose from the coloured backs of the books, shall fill me again, melt the heavy, dead lump of lead that lies somewhere in me and waken again the impatience of the future, the quick joy in the world of thought, it shall bring back again the lost eagerness of my youth. I sit and wait...Speak to me—take me up—take me, Life of my Youth—you who are carefree, beautiful—receive me again—” (Remarque 148, 149)

  • I want to feel the same powerful, nameless urge that I used to feel when I turned to my books. The breath of desire that then arose from the coloured backs of the books, shall fill me again, melt the heavy, dead lump of lead that lies somewhere in me and waken again the impatience of the future, the quick joy in the world of thought, it shall bring back again the lost eagerness of my youth. I sit and wait...Speak to me—take me up—take me, Life of my Youth—you who are carefree, beautiful—receive me again—” (Remarque 148, 149)

  • And even if those scenes of our youth were given back to us we would hardly know what to do. The tender, secret influence that passed from them into us could not rise again. We might be amongst [our memories] and move in them; we might remember them and love them and be stirred by the sight of them. But it would be like gazing at the photograph of a dead comrade; those are his features, it is his face, and the days we spent together take on a mournful life in the memory; but the man himself it is not.

  • We could never regain the old intimacy with those scenes. (Remarque 107)



The soldiers experience a loss of their youth; but furthermore, they are in limbo: not young, but separate from older generations:

  • The soldiers experience a loss of their youth; but furthermore, they are in limbo: not young, but separate from older generations:

  • We had to recognize that our generation was more to be trusted than theirs... The first bombardment showed us our mistake, and under it the world as they had taught it to us broke in pieces... We had suddenly learned to see. And we saw that there was nothing of their world left. We were all at once terribly alone; and alone we must see it through. (Remarque 17)

  • Our early life is cut off from the moment we came here, and that without lifting a hand... All the older men are linked up with their previous life. They have wives, children, occupations, and interests... We young men of twenty, however, have only our parents, and some, perhaps, a girl—that is not much...Beyond this our life did not extend. And of this nothing remains... For others, the older men, [the war] is but an interruption. They are able to think beyond it. We, however, have been gripped by it and do not know what the end may be. (Remarque 23-24)



There are so many airmen here, and they are so sure of themselves that they give chase to single individuals, just as though they were hares. For every one German plane there come at least five English and American. For one hungry, wretched German soldier come five of the enemy, fresh and fit. For one German army loaf there are fifty tins of canned beef over there. We are not beaten, for as soldiers we are better and more experienced; we are simply crushed and driven back by superior forces.

  • There are so many airmen here, and they are so sure of themselves that they give chase to single individuals, just as though they were hares. For every one German plane there come at least five English and American. For one hungry, wretched German soldier come five of the enemy, fresh and fit. For one German army loaf there are fifty tins of canned beef over there. We are not beaten, for as soldiers we are better and more experienced; we are simply crushed and driven back by superior forces.

  • (Remarque 241)



During drill-time Kantorek gave us long lectures until the whole of our class went, under his sheparding, to the District Commandant and volunteered. I can see him now, as he used to glare at us through his spectacles and say in a moving voice” “Won’t you join up, Comrades?” (Remarque 15)

  • During drill-time Kantorek gave us long lectures until the whole of our class went, under his sheparding, to the District Commandant and volunteered. I can see him now, as he used to glare at us through his spectacles and say in a moving voice” “Won’t you join up, Comrades?” (Remarque 15)

  • No one protests. Everyone knows that drill ceases in the front-line and begins a few miles behind, with all absurdities of saluting and parade. It is an Iron Law that the soldier must be employed under every circumstance. (Remarque 44)

  • “It’s queer, when one thinks about it,” goes on Kropp, “we are here to protect our fatherland. And the French are over there to protect their fatherland. Now who’s in the right?”

  • “…Now just why would a French blacksmith or a French shoemaker want to attack us? No, it is merely the rulers.” (Remarque 174, 176)



You might be generous for once. You haven’t drawn food for eighty men. You’ve drawn it for the Second Company. Good. Let’s have it then. We are the Second Company” (Remarque 10)

  • You might be generous for once. You haven’t drawn food for eighty men. You’ve drawn it for the Second Company. Good. Let’s have it then. We are the Second Company” (Remarque 10)

  • We pull in our belts tighter and chew every mouthful three times long. Still the food does not last out; we are damnably hungry. (Remarque 95)

  • We have lost all sense of other considerations, because they are artificial. Only the facts are real and important for us. Good boots are scarce. (Remarque 24)

  • Leer is in high spirits. We pull on our boots and take our leave warmly. The night air cools our hot bodies. The rustling poplars loom large in the darkness. The moon floats in the heavens and the waters of the canal. We do not run, we walk beside each other with long strides. ‘That was worth a ration-loaf,’ says Leer. (Remarque 131)

  • Ah! Mother! I know what these under-pants have cost you in waiting, and walking, and begging! (Remarque 159)



The rats here are particularly repulsive, they are so fat – the kind we all call corpse-rats. They have shocking, evil, naked faces, and it is nauseating to see their long, nude tails…At last we put a stop to it. We cannot afford to throw the bread away, because we should have nothing left to eat by morning, so we carefully cut off the bits of bread that the animals have gnawed. (Remarque 90)

  • The rats here are particularly repulsive, they are so fat – the kind we all call corpse-rats. They have shocking, evil, naked faces, and it is nauseating to see their long, nude tails…At last we put a stop to it. We cannot afford to throw the bread away, because we should have nothing left to eat by morning, so we carefully cut off the bits of bread that the animals have gnawed. (Remarque 90)

  • Modern trench-warfare demands knowledge and experience; a man must have a feeling for contours of the ground, an ear for the sound and character of the shells, must be able to decide beforehand where they will drop, how they will burst, and how to shelter from them. (Remarque 113)

  • We have yielded no more than a few hundred yards of it as a prize to the enemy. But on every yard there lies a dead man. (Remarque 118)

  • We have lost all feeling for one another. We can hardly control ourselves when our hunted glance lights on the form of some other man. We are insensible, dead men, who through some trick, some dreadful magic, are still able to run and to kill. (Remarque 102)

  • We lie under the network of arching shells and live in a suspense of uncertainty. If a shot comes, we can duck, that is all; we neither know nor can determine where it will fall. (Remarque 89)



A hospital alone shows what war is. (Remarque 224)

  • A hospital alone shows what war is. (Remarque 224)

  • He gropes for the fork, seizes it and drives it with all his force against his heart, then he snatches up a shoe and strikes with it against the handle as hard as he can…In the morning he has lock jaw. (Remarque 222)

  • Again beds are empty. Day after day goes by with pain and fear, groans and death-gurgles. Even the Death Room is no use any more, it is too small; fellows die during the night in our room. They go even faster than the sisters can cope with them. (Remarque 222)

  • A little room at the corner of the building. Whoever is about to kick the bucket is put in there. There are two beds in it. It is generally called the Dying room….It is more convenient, too, because it lies right beside the lift to the mortuary. (Remarque 218)

  • “Don’t let him operate on you! That is a special scientific stunt of the old boys. He goes absolutely crazy whenever he can get a hold of anyone to do it on. He operates on you for flat feet, and there’s no mistake, you don’t have them any more; you have club feet instead, and have to walk the rest of your life on sticks.” (Remarque 220)



[Kat] finds everything – is it is cold, a small stove and wood, hay and straw, table and chairs – but above all food. It is uncanny; one would think he conjured it out of thin air. (Remarque 40)

  • [Kat] finds everything – is it is cold, a small stove and wood, hay and straw, table and chairs – but above all food. It is uncanny; one would think he conjured it out of thin air. (Remarque 40)

  • They are more to me than life, these voices, they are more than motherliness and more than fear; they are the strongest, most comforting thing there is anywhere: they are the voices of my comrades. I am no longer a shuddering speck of existence, alone in the darkness; - I belong to them and they to me; we all share the same fear and the same life, we are nearer than lovers, in a simpler, a harder way; I could bury my face in them, in these voices, these words that have saved me and will stand by me. (Remarque 182)

  • “’We must work the army medical sergeant-major so that we can keep together, Albert.” (Remarque 207)

  • Comrade, I did not want to kill you. . . . But you were only an idea to me before, an abstraction that lived in my mind and called forth its appropriate response. . . . I thought of your hand-grenades, of your bayonet, of your rifle; now I see your wife and your face and our fellowship. Forgive me, comrade….how could you be my enemy? If I threw away these rifles and this uniform you could be my brother just like Kat and Albert. (Remarque 191)



Our fresh troops are anaemic boys in need for rest, who cannot carry a pack, but merely know how to die. By thousands. They understand nothing about warfare, they simply go on and let themselves be shot down. A single flyer routed two companies of them for a joke, just as they came fresh from the train – before they had ever heard of such a thing as cover.

  • Our fresh troops are anaemic boys in need for rest, who cannot carry a pack, but merely know how to die. By thousands. They understand nothing about warfare, they simply go on and let themselves be shot down. A single flyer routed two companies of them for a joke, just as they came fresh from the train – before they had ever heard of such a thing as cover.

  • “Germany ought to be empty soon.” says Kat. (Remarque 237)



I do not think at all, I make no decision – I strike madly home, and feel only how the body suddenly convulses, then becomes limp and collapses. When I recover myself, my hand is sticky and wet.

  • I do not think at all, I make no decision – I strike madly home, and feel only how the body suddenly convulses, then becomes limp and collapses. When I recover myself, my hand is sticky and wet.

  • The man gurgles. It sounds to me as though he bellows, every gasping breath is like a cry, a thunder – but it is only my heart pounding. I want to stop his mouth, stuff it with earth, stab him again, he must be quiet, he is betraying me; now at last I regain control of myself, but have suddenly become so feeble that I cannot any more lift my hand against him.

  • ...He is dead, I say to myself, he must be dead he doesn’t feel anything any more; it is only the body that is gurgling there. Then the head tries to raise itself, for a moment the groaning becomes louder, his forehead sinks back upon his arm. The man is not dead, he is dying, but he is not dead.

  • ...These hours...The gurgling starts again – but how slowly a man dies! For this I know – he cannot be saved, I have, indeed, tried to tell myself that he will be, but by noon this pretence breaks down and melts before his groans. If only I had not lost my revolver crawling about, I would shoot him. Stab him I cannot.

  • ...This is the first time I have killed with my hands, whom I can see close at hand, whose death is my doing.

  • ...But every gasp lays my heart bare. This dying man has time with him, he has an invisible dagger with which he stabs me: Time and my thoughts. (Remarque 185, 187, 189)



Following a bombardment of French bombs:

  • Following a bombardment of French bombs:

  • “Wounded horses,” says Kat.

  • It’s unbearable. It is the moaning of the world, it is the martyred creation, wild with anguish, filled with terror, and groaning.

  • We are pale. Detering stands up. “God! For God’s sake! Shoot them.”

  • He is a farmer and very fond of horses. It gets under his skin. Then as if deliberately the fire dies down. The screaming of the beast becomes louder. One can no longer distinguish whence in this now quiet silvery landscape it comes; ghostly, invisible, it is everywhere, between heaven and earth it rolls on immeasurable. Detering raves and yells out: “Shoot them! Shoot them, can’t you? damn you again!”

  • ...One of the men goes down on one knee, a shot – one horse drops – another. The last one props itself on its forelegs and drags itself round in a circle like a merry-go-round, apparently its back is broken. The soldier runs up and shoots it. Slowly, humbly, it sinks to the ground. (Remarque 59, 60)



The troop is bombarded while passing through a graveyard:

  • The troop is bombarded while passing through a graveyard:

  • With one lunge, I shoot as flat as a fish over the ground; there it whistles again, quickly I crouch together, claw for cover, feel something on the left, shove in beside it, it gives way, I groan, the earth leaps, the blast thunders in my ears, I creep under the yielding thing, cover myself with it, draw it over me, it is wood, cloth, cover, cover miserable cover against the whizzing splinters.

  • I open my eyes – my fingers grasp a sleeve, an arm. A wounded man? I yell to him – no answer – a dead man. My hands gropes farther, splinters of wood – now I remember again that we are lying in the graveyard.

  • But the shelling in stronger than everything. I wipes out the sensibilities, I merely crawl still farther under the coffin, it shall protect me, though Death himself lies in it. (Remarque 62)

  • Kat looks around and whispers: “Shouldn’t we just take a revolver and put an end to it?”

  • The youngster will hardly survive the carrying, and at the most he will only last a few days. What he has gone through so far is nothing to what he’s in for till he dies. Now he is numb and feels nothing. In an hour he will become on screaming bundle of intolerable pain. Every day that he can live will be a howling torture. And to whom does it matter whether he has them or not –

  • I nod. “Yes, Kat, we ought to put him out of his misery.”

  • He stands still a moment. He has made up his mind. We look round – but we are no longer alone. (Remarque 66-67)



In the excerpt, Paul talks of having to write a letter to Kimmerich’s mother; instead , he visits her when he is on leave:

  • In the excerpt, Paul talks of having to write a letter to Kimmerich’s mother; instead , he visits her when he is on leave:

    • This quaking, sobbing woman who shakes me and cries out on me: “Why are you living the, when he is dead?” – who drowns me in tears and calls out: “What are you there for at all, child, when you –” – who drops into a chair and wails: “Did you see him then? How did he die?”
    • ...I will never tell her, she can make mincemeat out of me first. I pity her, but she strikes me as rather stupid all the same. Why doesn’t she stop worrying? Kemmerich will stay dead whether she knows about it or not. When a man has seen so many dead he cannot understand any longer why there should be so much anguish over a single individual. So I say rather impatiently: “He died immediately. He felt absolutely nothing at all. His face was quite calm.” (Remarque 156-157)
      • The last paragraph:
    • He fell in October 1918, on a day that was so quiet and still on the whole front, that the army report confined itself to the single sentence: All quiet on the Western Front.
    • He had fallen and lay on the earth as though sleeping. Turning him over one saw that he could not have suffered long; his face had an expression of calm, as though almost glad the end had come. (Remarque 248)


This clip is of the end of the movie, as well as the second last chapter in the book. Kat and Paul are the only two characters still alive. Kat has been shot in the shin and, after bandaging his wounds, Paul carries Kat to the dressing station. The going is cumbersome and the two stop to rest.

  • This clip is of the end of the movie, as well as the second last chapter in the book. Kat and Paul are the only two characters still alive. Kat has been shot in the shin and, after bandaging his wounds, Paul carries Kat to the dressing station. The going is cumbersome and the two stop to rest.

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  • The two continue on with Kat over Paul’s shoulder, but Kat is shot in the back of the head before they reach the dressing station.



…the white butterflies flutter around and float on the soft warm wind of the late summer. (Remarque 14)

    • …the white butterflies flutter around and float on the soft warm wind of the late summer. (Remarque 14)
    • One morning two butterflies play in front of our trench. They are brimstone-butterfllies, with red spots on their yellow wings. What can they be looking for here? There is not a plant for miles. They settle on the teeth of a skull. (Remarque 112)
    • Above me on the wall hangs the glass case with the coloured butterflies that once I collected. (Remarque 137)


Two men stand at the door to forestall the sisters and keep them occupied if they chance to come along. They agree to stand guard for a quarter of an hour or thereabouts.

    • Two men stand at the door to forestall the sisters and keep them occupied if they chance to come along. They agree to stand guard for a quarter of an hour or thereabouts.
    • Lewandowski can only lie on his side, so one of us props a couple of pillows against his side, Albert gets the child to hold, we all turn round a bit, the black mantilla disappears under the bed-cloths, we make a great clatter and play skat noisily.
    • All goes well. I hold a club solo with four jacks which nearly goes the round. In the process we almost forget Lewandowski. After a while, the child begins to squall, although Albert in desperation, rocks it to and fro. There is a bit of creaking and rustling, and as we look up casually we see that the child has a bottle in its mouth, and is back again with its mother. The business is over.
    • We feel ourselves like one big family, the woman is happy and Lewandowski lies there sweating and beaming like a pig. (Remarque 227)


Firda, Richard Arthur. All Quiet on the Western Front: Literary Analysis and Cultural Context. New York: Twain Publishers, 1993.

  • Firda, Richard Arthur. All Quiet on the Western Front: Literary Analysis and Cultural Context. New York: Twain Publishers, 1993.

  • Remarque, Erich Marie. All Quiet on the Western Front. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1958.



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