Western Front

Western Front
Harsh Condition
There has been soldiers, who had bed wet due
to their bad health, aroused from poor
condition of where they have been staying.
Army
Divided class/ censorship/
control over others
“The army is based on that; one man
must always have the power over the
other, (44)“
Paul condemned that highly ranked soldier has been
nothing at the peacetime. Yet, they seemed to become
tyrant when they hold a power when the war broke out
Conflict aroused by tyrannical
commissioned officer and one's non
commissioned officer
Tzaden vs. Himmelstose
Soldiers had longed for return.
Haie once cited when they were talking about
their future, which would take place after the
war: “ But, man, surely it's better at home (79)“
Frequent discussion of plans after the war
Survivorship
Knowledge
“Modern trench warfare
demands knowledge...' (129)“
Chance
The narrator commented the way of surviving at
the trench “is just as much of a matter of chance
that“ he has been “still alive as that I have been
hit, (101)“
Skilled tactics
“ a man must have a feeling for the sound and character of the
shells, must be able to decide beforehand where they will
drop, how they will burst, and how to shelter from them,
(129)“
Insufficient Amount of food
Tremendous amount of rats
stole soldiers' bread
“Almost every man has had his
bread gnawed, (102)“
It is the reason why the soldiers
value the food as most significant
source.
Evidence Quote: “Enough to eat is just as
valuable as a good dug-out; it can save or
lives; that is the reason we are so greedy for it,
(118)“
The recruits even thought that if there has been
enough food at the trench then they might have
been feeling good at staying hom
World War l
lost generation
The recruits and some of non commissioned officers,
participating at the war were mostly 17 to 20.
Others, including lietunant were at the age of thirty
to forty
blown up earth
Lot of bombardments,
artillery, land mine, gas
(mustard gas),
ammunitions
Human turning into beast
“We have become wild beasts. We do not fight, we
defend ourselves against annihilation (113“ He
depicted how they changed when there has been
fighting.
Comradeship
When Paul was sharing goose with Kat, he reminded
himself that “I believe we have a more complete
communion with one another than even lovers have
(94),“
They had lived with the dead
bodies, leeches (louse), rats.
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