Paul and Kat, their mentor, steal geese and cook them. They symbolize the solidarity of the men. To Paul he looks like the recently dead Kemmerich. He wakes up, apparently weeping. The only thing helping Paul survive was the brotherhood and comradeship of his friends.
By now English and American planes outnumber Germany's fleet five to one. They are sent to the hospital by train, where Paul is fixed up. After staying still for a long time, Paul shoots at the dog with a revolver and escapes with the geese. In that example, a sloppy eater is said to be the same as a pig. Paul and his comerades have returned to camp from the front, and try to get extra food for themselves because they are eighty men short. Another instance of irony is when a French soldier falls into Paul's trench while Paul is trying to escape a bombardment. The Dow lost 2% for the week.
They lack the cynicism and sophistication of, say, Italians. The Lieutenant gives Tajden a light punishment, and lectures Himmelstoss about the realities of the front versus training camp. One would not usually laugh but this incident is funny. Paul alone, out of his original group of seven classmates, has survived, and now even his remaining support, Kat, is taken away from him. It is during this melee that many of the companies' horses are wounded, and begin to bellow terribly. His theme of condemning war as a gratuitous act of savagery is fully supported with accurate and shockingly graphic imagery.
This quote illustrates the difference in the previuous and future generations from now and how Paul, the narrator, is part of the lost generation. New recruits come up from training, and they soon learn the hard lessons of fighting on the front. Paul confesses that peace-time seems like an unattainable concept, and that he is sickened by the thought of a career and a salary. One place we can see examples of this is in Erich Maria Remarque's novel, All Quiet on the Western Front. Paul promises the boots to Tjaden should he be killed. The men gather around the tin to pick off lice and gossip. They wheeled from the north and drove the French army before them.
It serves to show how instinctual fighting becomes at that level. Soldiers no longer pause to mourn fallen friends and comrades; when Kemmerich is on his deathbed, at the beginning of the novel, the most pressing question among his friends is who will inherit his boots. He is taught that nationalism is a glorified version of war and defending your country. He spent his entire adult life in a military hospital. In both book and film the tragedy of war and theloss of life on both sides means that there could never be anyheroes unless it would be 'Peace' personified. Themes Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work.
The other recruits witness this episode fearfully, and Paul pities them for being thrown inexperienced into such a harrowing bombardment. This quote shows how a once peaceful village has been altered by this destructive power that is war. He feels sorry for them because they are just soldiers like himself. While there, Muller asks him for his boots. Paul says the recruit suffers from claustrophobia, and the other soldiers beat the raving man in an attempt to restore his sanity.
One man screams for days, but cannot be found. No one remembers what existed prior to the war, and the only fleeting enjoyment is in the brotherhood of soldiers. Additionally, Paul and his friends do not consider the opposing armies to be their real enemies; in their view, their real enemies are the men in power in their own nation, who they believe have sacrificed them to the war simply to increase their own power and glory. He is later caught and court-martialed. A huge irony in the novel comes in chapter 8. We get this impression from the bayonet metaphor the narrator uses. .
By using metaphor, Remarque is able to make all this clear using only a single short sentence. We are fascinated and encouraged by the new technology…as our grandparents were once impressed by electricity and the internal combustion engine. Lesson Summary Metaphor is a literary device that is used throughout All Quiet on the Western Front. Paul picks him up and carries him to safety, but it is too late--a splinter from a grenade is stuck in Kat's head, and he has died. In the process, the earth is shredded and blown asunder. During training, he spends most of his time watching the Russian prisoners encamped next to the training camp. Impressions of War Metaphor is also used in the novel to give the soldiers' impressions of the war, and describe some of their experiences out there.