Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet On The Western Front
This novel takes place during World War I, and focuses on the changes inflicted by the war on one young German soldier. This character, Paul Baumer, transforms from something of an innocent youthful figure to more of a hardened and traumatized veteran. As the story progresses, Baumer becomes more isolated and loses ties with his parents, elders, school, and his religion. The things that drove his personality before the war were abandoned later on as Baumer becomes cold and hard. Many of the factors in society that was important before the enlistment no longer seemed as fundamental as they once were.
The environment that Paul experiences undoubtedly drives this transformation when his Company and his fellow soldiers become emerged in the trenches on the front lines. After experiencing the harsh realities of the war immersed in the trenches on the front...
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