Mind Map of All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front
Overview
Themes
Main Characters
What Is War Good For?
Told through the eyes of German soldier Paul Baumer, All Quiet on the Western Front vividly portrays the nature of wartime cruelty with its descriptions of trench warfare and violence. During World War I, Baumer and his fellow soldiers start as excited, patriotic young men but end disillusioned and psychologically scarred.
The Lost Generation
Millions were killed in war, and countless others experienced a psychological toll that left them feeling lost after the war.
Patriotism
Patriotism is turned on its head as the soldiers question why they are fighting.
Modern Warfare
Soldiers who survive the physical horrors of chemical and trench warfare are left with permanent emotional scars
Muller
Soldier; practical and unsentimental
Albert Kropp
Soldier; analytical and independent
Stanislaus "Kat" Katczinsky
Soldier; clever and resourceful
Paul Baumer
Young, disillusioned narrator who goes to war
Tjaden
Soldier; shy and vengeful
Corporal Himmelstoss
Bootcamp instructor; cruel and abusive
Kantorek
Schoolteacher; authoritative and patriotic
Numbering
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Oscars won by the 1930 film adaptation (Best Picture and Best Director)
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Languages into which the novel was translated in its first 18 months in print
1933
Year the Nazis had the book publicly burned as "degenerate"
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Sequels written (The Road Back)
Author
ERICH MARIA REMARQUE 1898-1970
The German-born army veteran served on the Western Front in World War I and was wounded several times. His experiences had a lasting effect on him and his writing, leading to what many critics have called the greatest antiwar novel of the 20th century: All Quiet on the Western Front.
Symbols
Kemmerich's Boots
Handed down from soldier to soldier after each one dies; symbolize the boots lasting longer than soldiers' lives
Butterflies
Provide a natural contrast to human-made objects; represent how fragile lives can be
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