History Literature / AllQuietOnTheWesternFront

14th Jun '16 7:52:10 PM SantosLHalper
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* OnlyElectricSheepAreCheap : An interesting non-sci-fi example. One of the soldiers in the story is overjoyed when he discovers ''an actual cherry tree in bloom'' during a march across the countryside to a new position. Since he (and the others) have spent entire weeks at the frontline, this is hardly suprising - the frontline being [[{{Mordor}} a lifeless war-torn muddy wasteland]] and all.

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* OnlyElectricSheepAreCheap : An interesting non-sci-fi example. One of the soldiers in the story is overjoyed when he discovers ''an actual cherry tree in bloom'' during a march across the countryside to a new position. Since he (and the others) have spent entire weeks at the frontline, this is hardly suprising - the frontline being [[{{Mordor}} [[{{CorpseLand}} a lifeless war-torn muddy wasteland]] and all.
10th Jun '16 2:12:17 AM morane
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* {{Conscription}}: ''All'' protagonists are conscripts. [[NotSoDifferent So are the French]].
28th May '16 6:22:34 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* CruelAndUnusualDeath:
** Being exposed to gas attacks is described in such horrific detail like slow asphyxiation and scorched lungs that it easily qualifies for this trope.
** A lot of the injuries are described as this, but special mention goes to a soldier who was supposedly shot in the spine, [[AndIMustScream paralyzed and screaming in pain for hours as no one can find where he was before finally expiring]].
** Peter Leer has a piece of shrapnel tear open his hip, causing him to bleed to death in a quick but agonizing fashion before anyone can help him.
28th May '16 6:06:58 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* SuicideByCop: At the end of the novel as Paul crosses the DespairEventHorizon, he stands up from the trenches, exposing himself to enemy fire.

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* SuicideByCop: At the end of the novel as Paul crosses the DespairEventHorizon, he stands up from the trenches, exposing himself to enemy fire. The novel leaves it up in the air whether it was deliberate or not.
15th May '16 3:38:47 PM Aquila89
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* SurvivorshipBias: Averted. Every named protagonist dies by the end. It's justified since the film is based around an anti-war / WarIsHell message.

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* SurvivorshipBias: Averted. Every Almost every named protagonist character dies by the end. It's justified since the film is based around an anti-war / WarIsHell message.
15th May '16 1:39:56 PM KingZeal
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* SurvivorshipBias: Averted. Every named protagonist dies by the end. It's justified since the film is based around an anti-war / WarIsHell message.
27th Apr '16 6:26:36 PM TheHestinator
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* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: It gets a 4, primarily for the scene where [[spoiler:the French soldier is vaporized by an exploding artillery shell, with only his severed hands holding onto some barbed wire left]].
8th Apr '16 11:42:22 AM stuffedninja
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** Kat's death really serves as the final nail in Paul's coffin and the last tether of hope and humanity whisked away from him. Additionally, it's the moment where he gets pushed over the edge mentally.
--->"Do I walk? Have I feet still? I raise my eyes, I let them move round, and turn myself with them, one circle, one circle, and I stand in the midst. All is as usual. Only the Militiaman Stanislaus Katczinsky has died. '''Then I know nothing more.'''"
15th Mar '16 3:48:46 PM Norkas
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* AnyoneCanDie: Almost every important character in the battlefront is killed off, or at least horribly maimed to the point that their injuries are traumatic to their surviving friends. [[[spoiler:This includes Paul himself.]]

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* AnyoneCanDie: Almost every important character in the battlefront is killed off, or at least horribly maimed to the point that their injuries are traumatic to their surviving friends. [[[spoiler:This [[spoiler:This includes Paul himself.]]
29th Feb '16 10:42:47 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* AnyoneCanDie: Almost every important character in the battlefront is killed off, or at least horribly maimed to the point that their injuries are traumatic to their surviving friends.

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* AnyoneCanDie: Almost every important character in the battlefront is killed off, or at least horribly maimed to the point that their injuries are traumatic to their surviving friends. [[[spoiler:This includes Paul himself.]]



* DwindlingParty: Starts off slow, but picks up the pace near the end.

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* DwindlingParty: Starts off slow, but picks up the pace near the end. Goes straight to AnyoneCanDie in that almost every named character starts kicking the bucket.



* ShellShockedVeteran: All characters became such people.

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* ShellShockedVeteran: All characters became such people. Paul and Detering in particular cross the DespairEventHorizon.


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* SuicideByCop: At the end of the novel as Paul crosses the DespairEventHorizon, he stands up from the trenches, exposing himself to enemy fire.
* SurvivorGuilt: Paul starts to experience this after most of his comrades are dead.
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