Study Guide

All Quiet on the Western Front Scene 37

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Scene 37

Scene 37

  • Paul visits his old school and finds Kantorek still yammering to a class of young men about their patriotic duties.
  • Kantorek asks Paul to share a small story of some heroic deed. Paul refuses.
  • Once prompted on, Paul says, "When it comes to dying for your country, it's better not to die at all!"
  • The schoolboys call him a coward, and Paul leaves, realizing he shouldn't have come home.

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