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All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

by Erich Maria Remarque

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Quote #7

We have become wild beasts. We do not fight, we defend ourselves against annihilation. It is not against men that we fling our bombs, what do we know of men in this moment when Death with hands and helmets is hunting us down – now, for the first time in three days we can see his face, now, for the first time in three days we can oppose him; we feel a mad anger. No longer do we lie helpless, waiting on the scaffold, we can destroy and kill, to save ourselves, to save ourselves and be revenged. (6.73)

Again, Paul personifies Death, capitalizing the word and describing it as having "hands and helmets." He identifies the enemy to be Death itself. What has changed here that causes the soldiers to feel "a mad anger"?

Quote #8

If your own father came over with them you would not hesitate to fling a bomb into him. (6.74)

War is greater than the idea of family. The soldiers have come to a point in which they believe in killing more than they do in their own family.

Quote #9

We can hardly control ourselves when our hunted glance lights on the form of some other man. We are insensible, dead men, who through some trick, some dreadful magic, are still able to run and kill. (6.81)

What do you think is the "trick" or the "dreadful magic" that allows these soldiers to still be "able to run and kill"?

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