All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, is a novel based on the WWI literature which follows the story of one of the soldiers, Paul Baumer. This soldier and his friends joined the army because they heard a speech from their teacher Kantorek. He also narrates the story of his buddies that were signed to go with him to fight for the German army versus the French soldiers.
“We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world, and we had to shoot it to pieces. The first bomb, the first explosion, burst in our hearts. We are cut off from activity, from striving, from progress. We believe in such things no longer, we believe in the war.” (C. 5 )
This quote explains the view of the young soldiers, who were sent to fight. These young soldiers left their families to serve the country, to come, heroes, which is something patriotic because I can’t even imagine myself in that situation.