“THE CAUSE OF DEATH”(271)
is a very interesting and true-to-heart novel based in the first world war
Germany as it is called. Paul and his friends go from this idealistic
by-one. This novel is a gripping account of how war is most of the time
bloody and horrid. The few who came out of this war were not the people
they were when they left. They become pale and emotionless, without
horror, the horror of war. The novel starts two years after Paul and his
friends first reached the front and then goes back and forth between
idealism to disillusionment, the loss of Paul’s friends, and especially the
loss of Paul’s innocence.
schoolmaster asking “Won’t you join up comrades?”(11) to “weary,
broken”(294) men, idealism and disillusionment play a major role on
novel, Paul says, “It would not be such a bad war if only one could get a
little more sleep.” (2) Later in the book, a disillusioned Paul says of the
same war, “I see how people are set against one another and in silence,
Even though he has been in the war two years, the first quote shows how
Paul’s idealism is still strong. In the second quote, Paul sees the war for
war left a deep gash in the mind of Paul Baumer.
The loss of Paul’s friends was a factor that increased Paul’s change
from a young, proud idealist to a weary, disillusioned soldier. When
everything “as never before.”(30) As more of Paul’s friends die, he
realizes just how bad this war is . Not did his friends brings this to his
eyes, but other people he sees, the new soldier who loses his mind, the
These people and many others were pivotal in the breaking down of Paul’s
idealism. However, this is not a very positive way to find reality as people
had to die to show Paul how the war really is and how it effects him and
what friends he has.
The second main topic is the loss of Paul’s innocence. Paul is a
smart man before the war, who enjoys reading and drawing. He had a
wanted him to join the war, defend Germany, and come back a hero.
When he heard the first shell, saw the first man die, killed his one of the
enemy, he was never the same Paul again. The reader sees this when Paul
goes home on fourteen day leave. He wants to “think (himself) back into
that time,”(171) when he felt the exhilaration of picking up books and
falling into an abyss of wild illusion. But when he looks at his books, his
foreigness.”(172) In the end, as Paul stands up in the trench, right before
soldier Paul. He has a single unity in both, a unity that gives him the
reality that war is not as bloodless as he thought.
until late in the book, when he was back from the training base far from
the front. Not only did his idealism cover him from this truth, but training
did also had a hand in it. Everyday in boot camp, he was tried to kill
without thought or provocation. He never had the chance to really look
into the eyes of the enemy. They said the Allies were not to be trusted. It
wasn’t until he saw what he had done to “the printer, Gerard Duval” (225)
did he finally see the true enemy, “the Kaiser.”(205) The Russians, and
had to straccess to classified information (10). Through all the research about background of Navy Seals and training tactics is which make the novel great. That is why Without Remorse is the most detailed novel this researcher has read.
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