In the novel All Quiet on the Western Front, a group of young Germans enrol in the war after being inspired by patriotic and honourable eloquence. Paul Baumer, the 20-year-old protagonist, tells the story. The young soldiers quickly become aware that the battlefields they see are nothing like the romanticised vision of combat and war that was described to them.
The book is well set in an angry, gloomy, but honest tone by Remarque. Remarque set the book to almost make me perceive that it is Paul’s story and it causes me to lay more attention on Paul. This makes me feel empathy for all the violence he is going through as a kind and shy soldier.