History Literature / AllQuietOnTheWesternFront

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.
16th Feb '16 5:53:29 PM eroock
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'''''All Quiet on the Western Front''''' (''Im Westen Nichts Neues''[[note]]Which translates far better as "''Nothing New on the Western Front''", but the first English translators thought this wouldn't be snappy enough[[/note]]) is a 1929 anti-war novel, set during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, by famous German author and war veteran Erich Maria Remarque. It's considered to be one of the greatest and most important works in the genre.

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'''''All ''All Quiet on the Western Front''''' Front'' (''Im Westen Nichts Neues''[[note]]Which translates far better as "''Nothing New on the Western Front''", but the first English translators thought this wouldn't be snappy enough[[/note]]) is a 1929 anti-war novel, set during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, by famous German author and war veteran Erich Maria Remarque. It's considered to be one of the greatest and most important works in the genre.
2nd Feb '16 6:00:51 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* ADateWithRosiePalms: Taken to ridiculous levels when Paul casually mentions that the Russians used to be so bored [[TooMuchInformation that it was common to walk into a whole cell getting off at once.]]
17th Dec '15 4:42:17 PM Menshevik
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* TheDogBitesBack: The teacher Kantorek is called up to service as a reserve soldier. He meets one of his old students who now outranks him, and forces him to drill. The former-student torments him by lecturing him with the same sayings and phrases he would make as a schoolteacher.

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* TheDogBitesBack: The teacher Kantorek is called up to service as a reserve soldier.militiaman. He meets one of his old students who now outranks him, and forces him to drill. The former-student torments him by lecturing him with the same sayings and phrases he would make as a schoolteacher.



* MostWritersAreWriters: Paul is an aspiring novelist.

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* MostWritersAreWriters: Paul is an aspiring novelist.novelist and playwright.
* NamedAfterSomeoneFamous: The narrator is named after World War I flying ace [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_B%C3%A4umer Paul Bäumer]] (43 confirmed air victories), reportedly because the real Bäumer was Remarque's dentist for a time.
17th Dec '15 4:27:01 PM Menshevik
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* TokenMinority: Kat comes from Polish stock, although it is not clear where he comes from. The facts that his first name is in the Germanized or Latinized form (Stanislaus, not Stanislaw), his family name is spelled Katczinsky (the more standard Polish spelling would be Kaczynski) and his German is not coloured by Polish may indicate that his family was assimilated, maybe even centuries before. Polish and other Slavic names are and have been fairly common in Germany, particularly in the Eastern Provinces of Prussia and the Ruhr Valley.
** There is also minor character Lewandowski, a fellow patient in military hospital. The novel mentions that his wife lives in "Poland", which presumably indicates the Prussian province of Posen (Poznan), the least-assimilated Polish-speaking part of the kingdom. Also note that Paul Bäumer's teacher is called Kantorek, which would indicate a Polish or Czech ancestry.
** In the German dub of the 1930 film Kat speaks with an East Prussian accent.

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* TokenMinority: Kat comes from Polish stock, although it is not clear where he comes from. The facts that his first name is in the Germanized or Latinized form (Stanislaus, not Stanislaw), his family name is spelled Katczinsky (the more standard Polish spelling would be Kaczynski) and his German is not coloured by Polish may indicate that his family was assimilated, maybe even centuries before. Polish and other Slavic names are and have been fairly common in Germany, particularly in the Eastern Provinces of Prussia like Silesia, East and West Prussia (in the German dub of the 1930 film Kat speaks with an East Prussian accent), and the Ruhr Valley.
** There is also minor character Lewandowski, a fellow patient in military hospital. The novel mentions that his wife lives in "Poland", which presumably indicates the Prussian province of Posen (Poznan), the least-assimilated least assimilated Polish-speaking part of the kingdom. Also note that Paul Bäumer's teacher is called Kantorek, which would indicate a Polish or Czech ancestry.
** In the German dub of the 1930 film Kat speaks with an East Prussian accent.
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17th Dec '15 4:16:33 PM Menshevik
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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: Of a sort. The

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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: Of a sort. TheThe title ''Im Westen nichts Neues'', though stated to be from an official war report (see TitleDrop), is very reminiscent of the phrase ''Vor Paris nicht Neues'' ("nothing new before Paris"), which frequently appeared in the official telegraphic bulletins at the time of the siege of Paris during the [[UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar Franco-German War]] and which had entered the German language as a stock phrase meaning "situation unchanged". The English title did not translate this literally, but appears to be alluding to a frequent phrase in official bulletins from the UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar, "All quiet on the Potomac", which has slightly different connotations.



* TitleDrop: On the last page. A cable from the High Command stating this is sent, at the end of the war the main character apparently died nearly the last day, like Real Life anti-war British poet soldier [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilfred_Owen Wilfred Owen]].

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* TitleDrop: On the last page. A cable from the High Command stating this is sent, at in October 1918, i. e. two to six weeks before the end of the war the main character apparently died nearly the last day, like Real Life anti-war British poet soldier [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilfred_Owen Wilfred Owen]].war.



** The novel also mentions Lewandowski, a fellow patient in military hospital.

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** The novel There is also mentions minor character Lewandowski, a fellow patient in military hospital.hospital. The novel mentions that his wife lives in "Poland", which presumably indicates the Prussian province of Posen (Poznan), the least-assimilated Polish-speaking part of the kingdom. Also note that Paul Bäumer's teacher is called Kantorek, which would indicate a Polish or Czech ancestry.


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** Tjaden is a Frisian family name.
17th Dec '15 3:58:27 PM Menshevik
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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: Of a sort. The



* TokenMinority: Kat come from Polish stock, although it is not clear where he comes from. The facts that his first name is in the Germanized or Latinized form (Stanislaus, not Stanislaw) and his German is not coloured by Polish may indicated that his family was assimilated. (In the German dub of the 1930 film he speaks with an East Prussian accent).

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* TokenMinority: Kat come comes from Polish stock, although it is not clear where he comes from. The facts that his first name is in the Germanized or Latinized form (Stanislaus, not Stanislaw) Stanislaw), his family name is spelled Katczinsky (the more standard Polish spelling would be Kaczynski) and his German is not coloured by Polish may indicated indicate that his family was assimilated. (In assimilated, maybe even centuries before. Polish and other Slavic names are and have been fairly common in Germany, particularly in the Eastern Provinces of Prussia and the Ruhr Valley.
** The novel also mentions Lewandowski, a fellow patient in military hospital.
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