All Quiet On The Western Front

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"All Quiet on the Western Front" Essay "All Quiet on the Western Front" was a movie about the war between the French and the Germans told in first person by Paul Baumer, a nineteen year old student. Paul was convinced to enlist with the German army by his schoolmaster, Kantorek. Along with many of his friends from school, he is trained under Corporal Himmelstoss, a strictly disciplined commander who dislikes Paul.

When Paul and his friends are sent to the front, they make many new friendships. One of the first friends they made was a man named Stanislaus Katczinsky. As a man of forty years of age he was a wise old man as well as a friend to the young eighteen and nineteen year old recruits. All of these recruits were prepared for war by their parents and other adults. These adults made the children to chores and other hard labor that prepared the children for war.

After visiting the front for long stretches Paul is given fourteen days of leave where he can visit his ill mother at his home. By returning home Paul learned the meaning of life and what war meant to other people. After this leave he is sent back to training and then back to the front. Needless to say Paul and his friends would much rather be at home than witnessing the horrors of war first hand. His trip is lengthened when he discovers that his unit has been reassigned to another area. Finding his unit, he reunites with his friends and joins up with them again in the war efforts. While searching in "no man's land," Paul is confined to a shell hole for a long night. During this night a French soldier falls in the hole and Paul stabs him.