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All Quiet on the Western Front

1. I like the way the writer…

Erich Remarque shows a lot of detail in his book All Quiet on the Western Front. At times you feel like you are actually on the front line with Paul, Kat, Leer, and Tjaden. The excitement makes it to where you don’t’ even want to put the book down. At some points, it is so realistically written that it made me scared of what was going to happen next to these poor men. I would have to say that this is one of the best-written books I have ever read.
2.The main thing the writer is trying to say is…

The main thing that Erich Remarque is trying to say in this book is that Paul and the other men weren’t fighting with the ideals of patriotic spirit in mind. They were fighting for their survival. Acquiring food, shelter, clothing in addition to avoiding gunfire and bombs were foremost in their concerns. Paul and his friends entered the war under pressure from their trusted authority figures. The people, who were supposed to guide them through adulthood, sent them to their deaths with empty slogans of patriotic duty.

3.The most well developed character is…

The most well developed character in this book is Paul Baumer. Paul tells all of his thoughts about all that happens. He explains in detail what is going on with him during the war. He is very explanatory with all of his feelings. He lets you in on his inner feelings and emotions, so in the end you know him better than any of the other characters.
4.The title of this book is good because…

The title is special because the day that Paul died it was so quiet and still on the front that the army report for that day was confined to a single sentence “All Quiet on the Western Front”. For this reason is why the title explains so much. Paul Baumer is the only one left on the western front. It explains how it is quiet on the front because everyone else has been killed. I believe that this is a very well fit title for this book.
5.Some events in this book are very realistic because…

Almost all of the events in this book are unbelievably realistic. It amazes me that something this terrible actually took place. It is hard for me to actually face what actually happened during World War 1. It is almost unbearable to even picture what all went on. This is just what was written down of what happened, but things were sure to be far more terrible. Everything that is mentioned in All Quiet on the Western Front is devastating to hear about, but it is definitely a good, realistic read.
6.(Character name) reminds me of myself because…

Detering reminds me a lot of myself. I tend to ‘run’ from things that I am scared from. In the end, it gets me no where. Just as it did Detering. Now, I realize just how childish and insane it really is to just run from your problems. I have learned from Detering, as many other people learn from other’s mistakes.
7.(Character name) reminds me of (name of someone I know) because…

Joseph Behm reminds me a lot of my friend ‘Bob’. Joseph didn’t want to join in the war, but he still did because of all of the pressure. ‘Bob’ usually gives into peer pressure. He won’t want to do something, yet he still does it because everyone else is doing it and trying to get him to at least try it. Poor ‘Bob’ usually gets caught when he tries something that he shouldn’t be doing. It is much like Joseph being killed first in the war the he didn’t even want to be in in the first place. Just goes to show how strong peer pressure really is.

8.If I could talk with (character), I would say…

If I could associate with Paul Baumer, I would tell him that he is a very strong and courageous man. He didn’t want to go into the war, and he didn’t want to stay, but he did, he had to. He watched his entire group of comrades die, that in itself must be a very hard thing to do. I would definitely praise him for what he unwillingly did for his country. I would thank him for what he did for the country, my country. It is a great honor for me to live in this country, the country that he fought for so long ago.

9.(Character name) is appealing to me because…

Paul’s strength is very appealing to me. He sat and watched all of his comrades die. Yet, he still managed to stay strong. He had no hope. Yet, he kept from shooting himself, as I would have. He had no food. Yet, he still managed to go on doing what he was supposed to do, which shows a great deal of strength.

10.This book is similar (different from) to other books I have read, for example…

All Quiet on the Western Front is so much different from any book I have ever read. This book is so realistic, when they others were just make believe. It was so hard for me to even put this book down, when others I barely even picked up. This is one of the very few books that are actually educational and exciting at the same time. That is definitely a great thing for me!
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My name is Jennifer Fields. I’ve been an honor roll student all my life. I live in Woodstock, Georiga and I go to Etowah High School.