The army report for the day on which Paul died simply read "All quiet on the western front." This shows that even though this man who the reader has come to know has died, in the whole war his death means nothing.In conclusion, "All Quiet On The Western Front" effectively highlights many themes, such as horror of war, sacrifice and waste of life to show the ultimate futility of war. The weight that soldiers had to carry in Vietnam was in form of the emotional stress, and heavy physical burdens to ensure the survival of the men in this jungle.
The army report for the day on which Paul died simply read "All quiet on the western front." This shows that even though this man who the reader has come to know has died, in the whole war his death means nothing.
After this Paul still follows his orders but will always try to twist the wording to infuriate Himmelstoss as much as possible.Later on, they meet Himmelstoss again at the front during an offensive where Paul finds him cowering in a shell hole pretending to be wounded, only to see him overcome with some kind of blind courage and join the next wave of troops charging forwards.After the battle Himmelstoss is appointed company cook and the men see a change in him.Muller is killed and Paul inherits the boots that Muller had, in turn received from Kemmerich, and Katczinsky was hit by shrapnel and died of his wounds. His death is described in a brief paragraph where the tense and viewpoint change from the present tense and through Paul's eyes to past tense and in third person.This change of tense and viewpoint shows the impersonal way in which soldiers are seen when they die.The story opens with the protagonist, Paul Baumer and the rest of his army company, five miles from the front, having been at the front the previous day.They all received double rations of everything - cigars, cigarettes and food - and are quietly celebrating this.In my essay I intend to show how the author makes these themes vivid to the reader.One way the author highlights the futility of war is through the use of key incidents.I find it ironic that the only reason that they have these extra rations is due to an army mistake as the army had provided for a company of one hundred and fifty men but only eighty had returned from the front alive.The first example of "waste of life" is the death of Paul's school friend Kemmerich.