Leer: Paul's rude, crass classmate, who talks about sex a lot. There are sights there that he has not forgotten, because he never possessed them—perplexing, yet lost to him. The movie was filmed in. His former schooling seems useless, and he cannot imagine reentering the civilian world in any kind of occupation. One in the group is killed before the new recruits can reach their post, to the alarm of one of the new soldiers Behn. He is the older soldier who can get anything at the drop of a hat. Carrying his old school books with him to the battlefield, he constantly reminds himself of the importance of learning and education.
Though Paul often talks of how the war has transformed him into an animal or automaton, he retains compassion and affection for his close comrades. Word in the camp is that Himmelstoss, their much-hated former training corporal, has just arrived at the front. Archived from on June 15, 2013. Before the war, Tjaden was a locksmith. In contrast, All Quiet on the Western Front was trumpeted by as an anti-war book. Paul Bäumer beats him because of it and when a lieutenant comes along looking for men for a trench charge, Himmelstoss joins and leads the charge. Sister: Paul's sister, who is caring for their sick mother.
Disillusioned and angry, Paul returns to the front and comes upon another 2nd Company that is filled with new young recruits who are now disillusioned; he is then happily greeted by Tjaden. He is blinded in and believed to be dead by his friends. Joseph Behm: A classmate who is bullied by Kantorek into joining the army, and dies almost immediately in combat. In an attack on a cemetery, Paul stabs a French soldier, but finds himself trapped in a hole with the dying man for an entire night. Now Paul joins the conversation too, pointing out that Kat, unlike the young students, actually has a family to return to. He feels remorse and asks forgiveness from the man's corpse. Turning him over one saw that he could not have suffered long; his face had an expression of calm, as though almost glad the end had come.
Bäumer describes Kat as possessing a. Together, Paul and his sister wait in line for meat scraps, but come home empty-handed. Stanislaus Katczinsky Kat, as he is known, is the wise, 40-year-old unofficial leader of Paul's company. A former locksmith, Tjaden is unable to control his urine during sleep and draws ridicule from Himmelstoss. He is a petty, power-hungry little man who torments Paul and his friends during their training. Ginger tries to be in control and bossy about the food, but the men have no respect for him and mock him. He tries to kill the birds quickly, but they cackle, and a guard dog comes to subdue Paul.
And that is why they let us down so badly. Mittlestaedt A former classmate of Paul's, Mittlestaedt ends up in charge of Kantorek and gleefully lords his power over his former schoolteacher. Paul is given a furlough and visits his family at home. Detering A married peasant farmer, Detering has the most compelling reasons to return home. He goes to find Kat, and they discuss the inability of the people to comprehend the futility of the war. At the front, Himmelstoss proves a sorry soldier, requiring Paul's prodding to keep him from cowering in the trenches during an attack. All I do know is that this business about professions and studies and salaries and so on—it makes me sick, it is and always was disgusting.
By the end there is nearly nothing left for Paul until a shot in the head gives him his final release. While fighting at the front, Bäumer and his comrades have to engage in frequent battles and endure the treacherous and filthy conditions of trench warfare. With his next shot he kills the flamethrower, and immediately afterwards an enemy shell explodes on his position blowing off his chin. Paul occasionally comments on the impotence of words in describing the brutality of war. He had fallen forward and lay on the earth as though sleeping. He also loves animals and is upset that horses are used in a human war.
I am frightened: I dare think this way no more. Corporal Himmelstoss - A noncommissioned training officer. For Paul, especially, this alienation emerges in two ways. Lewandowski Lewandowski: The oldest soldier in the Catholic Hospital, the other patients help Lewandowski arrange a conjugal visit with his wife. However, controversy would attend the film's subject matter elsewhere, including Europe. The young soldiers find that there is no food available at the moment.
We had to recognize that our generation was more to be trusted than theirs. He has sex with his wife when she visits. Paul gains some measure of revenge when he sees that Kantorek has been enlisted in the war; at least Kantorek must now fight and possibly die for the war he has helped promote. He is driven to desert when he sees a cherry tree in blossom, which reminds him of home too much and inspires him to leave. Indeed, the only person he remains connected to is his dying mother, with whom he shares a tender, yet restrained relationship. Take twenty years of my life, comrade, and stand up—take more, for I do not know what I can even attempt to do with it now.