Study Guide

All Quiet on the Western Front Scene 1

Scene 1

Scene 1

  • A parade of soldiers marches through the streets to the cheers of the townsfolk.
  • Herr Meyer chastises Postman Himmelstoss for being so caught up in the war that he didn't deliver the mail yesterday.
  • Himmelstoss apologizes, noting it'll be his last delivery anyhow as he has been called to the reserves.
  • The parade marches by a classroom.
  • Inside, Kantorek teaches the boys that it's their duty to join the army and protect Germany from its enemies.
  • Hyped by the lecture, several of the boys, including Paul Bäumer, decide to enlist. They parade out of the classroom, chanting, "No more classes!"

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