All Quiet on the Western Front

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Judy Bernal
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War changes people. There is no escape from it: the changes happen to everybody no matter how hard people try. And Paul Baumer is no different. In All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, Paul Baumer enlists into the war and is transformed from a young man to a hardened veteran. Throughout the war, Paul Baumer changes in a variety of ways: physically, emotionally, and mentally. One way Paul Baumer changes in the war is through a physical way. While evacuating a village, Paul and Kropp get injured, with Kropp’s injury being dangerously close to his knee. They go to get medical help, and Paul refuses to get chloroform for fear that he will wake up with something amputated. Paul thinks to himself, “I am frightened and think quickly what I ought to do; for everyone knows that the surgeons in the dressing stations amputate on the slightest provocation” (242). Paul’s injuries are hurting him very, very badly. His physical pain is so much, he fears of amputation. But, he absolutely refuses to receive chloroform in order to see what is going on and to make certain he leaves the same he came. This is a physical change because Paul has never had injuries as bad as he did in the war, and has never felt that much pain. Another way Paul makes a physical change is on October 1918. It is a rather peaceful day with little to no fighting going on at all. It was quiet on the western front. On this day, Paul Baumer dies. “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,” (296). After all the pain, the suffering, the unbearable actions, all of it has come to an end. Paul’s torment is over. His death was the only thing that could have saved him. Thus, this is his biggest physical change, because he can no…...

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